Social Media is a huge part of American culture. Most people who consider themselves active users don’t go a day without checking their various profiles. While social media allows us to connect almost instantly with anyone, anywhere in the world, it is not hard to believe that the content overload has an effect on both our mental state and overall productivity. With information flooding our timelines at lightening fast speeds, we have to ask ourselves… how much is too much?
According to Nielson, young adults 18-34 spend 43% of their time consuming media on digital platforms. Although the positives are undeniable, we can’t ignore the potentially negative aspects of social media. When social media makes you question your progress, compare yourself to others, or prevents you from being productive… then it’s time to make a serious change.
Here are 4 ways to protect yourself from social media burnout.
1.Take a Break:
Many of us struggle with FOMO (fear of missing out), meaning the only reason we check social media so often is so that we can feel included in the “happenings” of the world. How many times have you found yourself scrolling down social media, reading, liking, and commenting on things you truthfully couldn’t care less about? Start with a morning free social media routine. Once you conquer that, try going “off the grid” for a full day or two. If logging off entirely is too hard, start with daily time limits.
2. Post, Don’t Scroll:
Some of us get caught up in social media because it is apart our brand, business, or job. Let’s face it, social media is a great resource and money making tool. Depending upon your lifestyle, disappearing for days of a time may not be the best idea when followers or clients expect to hear from you. Try using platforms like Hootsuite to schedule all of your social media posts all in one setting. This way you stay active without getting sucked down the rabbit hole.
3. Replace Social Media Apps with E-book Apps:
Habits are hard to break. Have you ever picked up your phone and realized your fingers mysteriously clicked on Facebook almost automatically? If you delete your social media apps from your phone, then you’d be surprised how many times a day you “instinctively” remember to read another page out of that book that you’ve been meaning to read for months.
Newton’s first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. You and your habits are no different. It’s important to make a conscience decision to replace what is draining you with something that feeds you (books, time with friends/family, perfecting your craft.) We all know that social media has it’s pro’s and con’s. It’s up to you to draw the line and stick to it. The peace of mind, new idea, or perspective you’ve been searching for may just be on the other side of that discipline.