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5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction



5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

Are you ready for a challenge?
The past few weeks I've been sharing the negative consequences of too much social media time. Now, it is time for a detox. Will you join me?

Now you know the negative impact social media could be having on your life, the question is how do you stop? Social media addiction is a real issue in today’s society. Like any addiction, it can be pretty tough to break a social media habit.
However, the good news is, there are lots of tips you can follow to make quitting your addiction easier. Here, you’ll discover just 5 tips to quit your social media addiction.

1. Switch Off Notifications

It’s going to be pretty tough to cut back your social media use if you keep getting notifications. While notifications on the actual apps aren’t necessarily a problem, the push notifications you get on your phone are.

Think about it, you’re minding your own business, then you get a push notification telling you a friend or family member has posted something. The likelihood is, you’re going to stop whatever you’re doing and quickly check what’s new.

Without notifications, you’ll find you check your social media accounts a lot less frequently. 

2. Aim to Quit Gradually

Like any addiction, the key to success is gradually reducing your social media use. If you attempt to go cold turkey, you’ll find it much harder to resist. However, cutting back gradually will make it much easier.

You can reduce your social media usage in a number of ways. Setting specific time slots where you can check your accounts for example, is a good start.

3. Find A New Hobby

You’re going to need something to distract you with the free time you’re going to have. So, the best thing to do is to find a new hobby.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? If so, do it now. Finding a hobby you can immerse yourself into will definitely encourage you to spend less time online.
5 Tips to Quit Your Social Media Addiction

4. Use It With Good Intentions

When used correctly, social media can have positive effects on he health. It’s the pointless scrolling, attention seeking posts and the comparing ourselves to others which do us no favors! So, start using social media only with good intentions.

This could mean using it to check in with friends and family who live far away. Or, it could be you’ll use it to set up an event for everyone to get together.

5. Consider What Your Posts Are Achieving

When it comes to posting on social media, it helps to think before you make a post. Why are you making the post? Is it to get attention because you’re bored? If so, rather than post on social media, call a friend.

Think about why you’re posting and what alternative behaviors you could follow to get the same outcome. 


It can be difficult to break a social media habit. However, the 5 tips above will definitely make it a lot easier!
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