Why social media can be bad for you

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How many times a day do you check your phone: 50, 100, 200? What are you most popular apps: Instagram, Facebook and messaging apps?

People on average spend 3 hours and 35 minutes on their phones every single day.

The latest research shows that people check their phones up to 300 times a day. Spending 3 hours and 35 minutes on their phones. This numbers will keep growing at least until 2020.

In the past 10 years, human social lives have changed dramatically because of social networks. Not everyone understands clearly the scale of these changes.

We check our phones every time we feel a little bit bored, or we’re having a break, going to work. We turn it on the first thing in the morning and right before going to bed. Our fingers automatically tap on those social apps without even looking.

We’ve been told since childhood that we should keep up with our neighbours. But as we got older and wiser we stopped caring about what our neighbours did or didn’t do. And then social networks were born and we started comparing ourselves again, at a much larger scale.

Do not trust social media

Everyone knows that you can’t trust everything you see on social media. You open Instagram and see only the best versions of your friends or even worse – your see celebrities living a happy life. You start comparing yourself with them. Someone just got a new gadget or travelled to West Key or got a promotion. You start thinking that everyone is better than you and you feel shit.

People stopped having goals and hobbies, they stopped using time wisely. Time is the most valuable asset. You can spend it on yourself or share it with others. You can make more money but you can’t buy more time. That’s why it’s so important to use it productively and not regret in the future.

Use your time wisely

We all have the same amount of time, 24 hours a day. People usually sleep around 7-8 hours, work 9 hours and spend 2 hours on commuting. If you take out those 3 and a half hours that you spend on your phone you’ll end up with 6 hours of “your” time. That’s a lot of private time.

That’s enough to learn new skills, do whatever you’ve always wanted, work on your body and health, invest time in your business or family, learn how to ski or snowboard and read that book you always postponed. Yes, people are still reading them.

If you read just 5 minutes a day, you will read 5 books in a year. 5 minutes a day is nothing, but 5 books are not that bad.

You’ll have more time if you limit your social network usage, that you can spend on some positive and productive things, instead of filling your brain with the endless stream of useless information.

I’ve stopped using Facebook quite a long time ago, but I realised that I still spend a lot of time on Instagram without even noticing.

I’ve got a few simple tips that will help you save some precious time.

Disable notifications

Turn notifications off on your phone. All of them. Do you realise how much more time you’ll have if you stop checking your phone 300 times a day?

You can check your social networks a few times a day and will feel the same. Nothing bad will happen without your attention. Trust me, the world will keep spinning and you won’t miss anything important.

Limit your app usage

Set a usage limit to social networking apps. I set the limit to 30 minutes a day. I could easily spend hours and hours before. Now I’m limited to 30 minutes. You can make it less or remove all social media apps from your phone completely.

If your business depends on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you can use a third-party service to schedule posts. It’s quite handy, especially if you post multiple times a day and to multiple apps. If you need to reply to comments you can do it in those 30 minutes. No excuses.

I hope this article will help you save some time, be more productive and most importantly happy.

Let me know if you like it in the comments below.

Cheers,
Renat Galyamov

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    • You won’t miss anything important if you stop checking Instagram and Facebook 300 times a day. With fewer distractions, you’ll have more time to consume quality content.