Now, it’s time to self-control! Without these three factors, your war with addiction is nothing. You need to acknowledge the fact that you’re a social media addict and you need to get out of it. With your engagement in other activities, your routine is full. With the help of other apps, your mind is distracted.
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Deleting the app is like a temporary solution but deactivating your account is like that permanent stamp of your decision. It may take time but you know that you’re sealing this decision for good. As you go through this process of deactivating you will get a feeling of peace.
There are other activities like reading(audiobooks are a new reading style) watching TED Talks, listening to podcasts, learning a new habit, self-improvement, and whatnot. You just need to search for your favorite one.
After deleting major apps you were addicted to, take a look for less addictive apps or apps you don’t like that much. It could be discussion forums or any other. They are also a great way to communicate with people. (you’ll get valuable knowledge too)
When you stop notifications from disturbing your normal routine, you might find it easier to concentrate on your daily tasks and not get distracted so easily. Notifications are a constant reminder that something is happening in the online world and you might feel like you're missing out. So to quell your FOMO, turn off your notifications. The bonus is, when you do come around to checking your social media, you may have a build up of more notifications which will make it more exciting and will make the experience more rewarding.
Since it’s a relatively new technology, there’s little research to establish the long-term consequences, good or bad, of social media use. However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm , and even suicidal thoughts .
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