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.
Shorthand is an incredible, and incredibly EASY to use online platform that lets you create multiple web page stories in one vertically sliding web page (URL), full of pictures, videos, text and other objects capable of being embedded online!
If you look at a sample gallery of what news sites, bloggers and others have created with Shorthand, you’ll see why I’m calling it the new gold standard for online news. You can use it for longer stories, or for developing stories you can add to as time goes by, like live coverage of a hurricane, for example, to show changes over time and/or document “progress”. The BBC and Guardian have recently created some stories I’ve loved using Shorthand, which is why I gave it a try myself!
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.