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What Is Scrolling?

What Is Scrolling?

Scrolling is the act of mindlessly watching videos and clips for shockingly large amounts of time.

Ever since the advent of TikTok, the trend of watching short clips has exponentially increased. Nowadays, the crowd has moved to more popular platforms like Instagram and YouTube.

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The Emergence Of Scrolling

The Emergence Of Scrolling

What's not to love about short videos? They convey the same message that 10-20 minute long videos convey, they are easy to understand and convenient, right?

NO! This is only the seemingly bright side of the spectrum. These short videos emerged as a consequence of our "time-saving" nature.

Instead of watching something that actually gives you all the info on a topic, we choose to see something that gives us exactly what we want.

Logically, this isn't bad in the short term, but gradually, we lose patience when a video doesn't provide the exact concise information we're looking for.

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What Scrolling Is Doing To You

What Scrolling Is Doing To You

Scrolling is detrimental to one's health. They greatly decrease your attention span on constant exposure. They make you more antsy and make your mind hungry for more of the same.

The main problem is that we usually end up searching something actually productive and see something interesting and simply go down the rabbit-hole of scrolling.

A majority of the times, we're watching things that aren't even relevant for our age or just in general, irrelevant. They are a major time-killer.

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Time Management

Time Management

Imagine planning everything for the next day before sleeping and then scrolling for hours just after waking up. It really is demotivating and kills any good spirit left in you.

That's what scrolling does, it destroys your time schedule. It make you want to keep doing the same, keeping you engaged for hours together.

You lose track of time and can't focus on what you're doing once you're actually done with scrolling because your mind is still stuck there.

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How To Stop Scrolling?

How To Stop Scrolling?

Being brutally honest, the journey to completely stop scrolling is one that requires a great deal of determination and self-control. Remember, there is no easy way out of this. Once you've decided to stop, don't turn back.

First, you will have to start with a small goal and rack up the determination and will to completely eradicate this meaningless habit out of your life.

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A Simple Way To Start The Journey

A Simple Way To Start The Journey

Start by telling yourself this; "I have to reduce my scrolling time". Constantly telling your mind the following will consciously reduce the time you spend scrolling.

You could take this a step further by setting an app timer on the apps that distract you the most. App timers are a default setting in phones that you can enable. 

First, try halving the average usage time and the keep decreasing the app timer. You could just decrease the app time drastically in one go if that's how you roll.

Try this for a week and report the amount of free time you've accumulated.

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The Next Step On The Journey

The Next Step On The Journey

Once you've reduced the time you spend scrolling by a considerable amount, a handy method to reduce the impulses to scroll through social media is changing your feed.

Constantly scrolling can lead you to unhealthy feed. You can and should start by optimizing your feed. Find out what motivates and moves you.

Find people who actually spread knowledge on the same and make sure your entire feed is filled with them. This will make sure that every time you scroll, you're scrolling, you're seeing something relevant and informative. Just make sure you watch the entire clip, it helps you focus better.

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Changes You'll Notice

You'll notice the changes in your routine almost immediately. You will feel more productive, you will automatically start doing more fruitful things everyday. 

Once you've done all these steps, you'll actually be extracting the most out of the short videos you watch. You'll know when to stop and will involuntarily stop unnecessary scrolling.

Just remember to push through the entire journey and don't think of it as a burden. Remember that time lost can never be regained.

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-ANONYMOUS

"Determination, Courage, Punctuality + Hard work -----> Success"

-ANONYMOUS

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