As a blogger I spend quite a lot of time on social media, and for good reason. But besides that I love being able to connect with people from all over the world and see what they create. However, I came to the realization that on a daily basis I spend a bit too much of my time on social media. I just started doing this a few weeks ago, but I thought I would share with you why and how I’m cutting down my social media usage!
Although I’m not one of those people who believes social media is all bad, I definitely think spending too much time on it isn’t healthy. I started to realize the more I was on social media throughout the day, the more stressed I would be, and I would miss out on what was happening around me. Starting to cut down on my social media usage has allowed me to be more present in everyday life, be more productive with tasks and college, and reduce my stress. I find it’s all about finding that balance between still being present and enjoying everyday life, and going on social media.
I use to first thing in the morning pick up my phone and immediately go on social media to see what I missed overnight. I started realizing that this would make me a bit more stressed in the mornings, and it would cause me to start my days later than I would like to. So instead, now I get ready and eat breakfast before even looking at Instagram. I will still occasionally look at Twitter for the news, but not first thing when I wake up.
When I started thinking about how much I was on social media, I realized that quite a bit of it was just endless scrolling to pass the time. I wasn’t going on for any purpose or reason. To stop this I’ve started giving myself designated “times” of the day for going on. It’s not so much exact times as points in my day, such as after breakfast, mid afternoon/an hour before posting, and in the evening.
The overall reason I found I was consistently going on social media throughout the day, besides it being a habit, was because I felt guilty for not being online for more than a few hours. I always felt that every few hours I had to be online liking and commenting so I wouldn’t get too far behind. The truth is social media will always be there, whether you go on every hour or once a day. By getting rid of this guilt and keeping myself busy, I’ve actually enjoyed going on Instagram and Twitter more.
And that is a look at how and why I’m cutting down on using social media! It’s important to remember that since social media will always be there, be more present in what is happening around you. Once that moment is gone, it’s gone forever.
I’d love to know your thoughts on social media! How do you balance social media and everyday life? Do you find you spend too much time on it, or the right amount?