A Few Simple Nudges to Help Reduce Social Media Use

Social media use has been likened to addiction scientifically. My level of “addiction” isn’t very much, to be honest, but I’m still choosing to work on cutting down on the distractions that keep me from getting into “flow state” (see video at end) for some activities, rather than time poorly used. If you want to use narcotics terminology, I’m choosing prolonged highs over micro dosages of dopamine.

To help myself reduce social media use, I have compiled a short list of relatively easy and painless ways which I access it so I don’t get on social media much in the first place. They can be annoying when you’re not used to it, but hey, nobody ever said weaning oneself off anything was easy! See if some of these may work for you, and maybe pick some combination what can work for you. Any amount helps if you value your time enough!

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My 2019 JOMO Social Media Challenge

There are many ways to reduce time on social media, from plans to the newly available time spent on your device (which maybe limited to only certain apps you can customize). I have come up with what I think is a rather simple, effective, and easily “measurable” method I know can work for me, while still be challenging since this is a challenge. Pending your “need” for social media, it may work for you as well, though you may need to do some “setting up” to help make it work.

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Will Life Seem to Go By Faster with Social Media?

This is NOT a question for those having to live with very negative impact of social media, like cyber-bullying, but rather for those who use and like using social media.

For lots of people, when they look back on their life, the past year, season, even month or week, they have to think about where the time all went because of how busy they were. Social media doesn’t help that, taking up lots of time, possibly taking away time for those who can’t manage their time well with social media usage. A lot of social media usage is also in the moment, being fleeting memories, at best.

So I wonder if when those active users look back upon some segments of their lives, whether as a whole, a year, or whatever, if life will seem to have gone by faster? They’ll need experience with a time when social media wasn’t in their life to compare, I suppose, but maybe we’ll hear lots about those heavy users wondering where their life went one day, en masse, all of a sudden.

We’ll just to wait and find out, I suppose. Something to think about, though.