Glued To Your Phone? Here's How To Rethink Your Relationship With Social Media : Life Kit - Deepstash
The Internet can make you feel fractured

The internet can open us up to so many things that we would have never seen otherwise. There's funny animal videos, plant parent groups, and information on movements. But there's also hate speech, harassment, misinformation etc.

The internet can also divide our attention and make us feel fragmented.

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Social media companies are competing for the attention of consumers. They design the app or platform so that you want to spend more time on their app.

It's essential to take a step back and think about the nature of the relationship with social media. Consider your part and responsibility in balancing your digital diet.

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Your relationship with social media is real

We may think that our time on social media is not a real experience but a superficial habit that doesn't really count.

However, if we're going to have a healthier relationship with social media, we need to start thinking of it as meaningful.

  • Ask yourself what a healthy relationship on the internet will look like?
  • What needs are you trying to meet right now?
  • Consider how you feel after an hour online? Is that too much time?

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It can be helpful to take the time to improve your appearance in your digital space.

  • At least once a year, clean out your 'following' list on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
  • Ask what accounts are helpful or bring value to your life.
  • Be quick to prune the content that you don't want to see.

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Every once in a while, include breaks into your social media routine to keep a sense of balance. These breaks serve the same function as a sabbatical or vacation from work.

  • Ensure to step back occasionally to gain some perspective.
  • Take some time to be alone, be bored and gather your thoughts and views.

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