How To Avoid A Social Media Addiction

So, you’ve been using social media for a while now, right? I get it. It’s fun, informative, interactive and even rewarding at times. But, just like myself, I’m sure you’ve had those moments when you think to yourself, why am I wasting my time here?

By Kimberly Hudson-Grey

So, you’ve been using social media for a while now, right? I get it. It’s fun, informative, interactive and even rewarding at times. But, just like myself, I’m sure you’ve had those moments when you think to yourself, why am I wasting my time here?

In this present day and time, we basically have the world right in our hands because of some very impressive technology, our cell phones. It’s so easy to get caught up with news commentary, gossip, celebrity life, and so much more. Not only that, you have friends, family, acquaintances and people you don’t even know bombarding you with…well, I’ll be nice and say STUFF. I mean, how many more times must you LIKE “Lil Fluffy” or “Lil Magic”? Honestly, how many more times? I’m sure you love those faux-inspirational, passive aggressive, emotional blackmailing memes. Ones like “I am a loving, caring, spiritually superior, abundantly blessed, beautifully and fiercely created being who’s under appreciated by you and everyone who can’t see my worth. You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” Don't you wanna tell them to please go sit down and stop begging for validation? Let’s not forget the incessant number of videos. Don’t get me wrong, some of them are pretty funny, we all need some comic relief from time to time. But, are you paying attention to your reactions to those posts, both mentally and physically? Are you genuinely entertained or do you feel a little stressed or guilty because you’re wasting valuable time?

If you answered yes to any of those questions I want you to consider these points:

  1. You can’t control what others post. But, you do have the power to take control of your time and your life. If you feel yourself feeling anxious over what you read on your sites take note. Realize that you have choices. If your pages are filled with what’s relevant to your interests, then great. If not, then you do have control of what you see on your page. In my article 5 Nuggets To A Better YOU , I suggested that you start to eliminate, unfollow, delete, unsubscribe, and even unfriend in some cases. You just might find increased productivity in some area of your business.
  2. Is social media controlling you or are you controlling social media? Social media is a great tool for many instances. Be it educational, inspirational, or informational. For entrepreneurs, it’s great for marketing and advertising. But aside from productive uses, we can literally spend precious time being unproductive. Select to follow sites, pages, and people with topics that are meaningful and helpful to you.
  3. Do you remember books? I can remember a time when I could select a topic, a favorite author, or a recommendation to read an actual book. The electronic ones are fine. But, to actually hold a book and turn the pages is relaxing. To get lost into a great story without having to approve and affirm the author is a relief. Rediscover a different mode of entertainment.

Your time is precious. It may sound like a cliché but life is short. Limit the time you spend scrolling through meaningless sites and posts. There’s literally no end to needless information. Don’t feel obligated to validate everyone on social media. Love them, like them but limit them. Take control of your own time and your own life.

Kimberly Hudson-Grey is an entrepreneur and international traveler. Follow her on Twitter @kimthevisionary. You can reach her by email at kim@manifestingyou.org, http://www.manifestingyou.org/

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