Zheano Blog is not just a wallpaper and technology blog. Although, this topic is related to tech it’s more closely connected to my personal problems. Social media sucks, yet I use it daily. I want to change the way I use my digital devices. I want to create a clear divide for a more meaningful life.
This is not the blog post where I explain the topic and give my opinion on it. This post is more about my issues with social media. I’ve been dealing with social media overuse for quite a while, I mean we all have. I don’t think every aspect of social media is bad, but just like any other product it has it’s diminishing returns.
Since the pandemic hit I spend a lot of time inside, in front of screens. I still do and I’ve started too fell overwhelmed and constantly in a bad mood. I hate that I spend hours on YouTube watching things I don’t like or endlessly scrolling through Twitter. Whenever I have 5 minutes of extra free time, I default to social media.
How Do I Plan To Reduce Social Media Consumption?
To combat the overuse of social media I started doing new activities. In my opinion, having “planned” free time is sometimes extremely helpful when you try to change the default behavior. I plan most of my days including working out and other free-time activities.
I started walking for 20-30 minutes per day. I’ve been working out almost every day of the week for the past 2-3 months. Recently I’ve also started reading and meditating again. In 2021 I’ve already read a couple of books, but I don’t read all the time. Whenever I find a book I want to read, I read it in a week and than my reading habit ends.
In the pandemic, it’s been a lot harder to keep those good habits in place. I also think it’s so important to go to nature. I usually run once or twice a week in the park near me. It’s so beautiful.
I have this resentment towards social media, yet I still use it all the time. Sometimes, I just want to quit for a week. I might do that someday. I’ve deleted my Instagram account even before the pandemic started and I have never looked back. It was a great decision and I don’t regret it. Twitter is a bit harder for me. I use Twitter to Tweet about my content and connect with other content creators. It’s my only social media I have, but I spend too much time using it.
I think I should limit my Twitter use to once per day. The limitation will allow me to still connect with my Twitter friends while reducing the time I spend on the platform.
In conclusion, I think I have to develop habits to help me spend my free time better. Reading, meditating, and working out is a good start for me.
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