Social media is everywhere. It has allowed people to connect at any time and place, now more than ever, and has managed to become an essential tool. Businesses and schools are able to use Zoom to hold meetings or teach classes. Teenagers are sharing hilarious videos over TikTok and photos on Instagram. For better or for worse, social media is consuming our daily lives.

Ask yourself where you rank in using social media as a tool or as a mindless time filler. Such easy access is definitely not beneficial for mental health as the easy source of temporary surges of dopamine drain motivation to achieve long-term goals. Projects go undone and brains constantly seek entertainment.

Act on self-awareness by setting goals for using social media in a healthier manner.

Over time, your attention span for tasks will improve and you could actually get stuff done. Additionally, refraining from social media will free up so much time, allowing extracurricular activities and pursuing things that you are passionate about.

On a surface level, social media is great. It provides a platform to share ideas and connect with others. However, more and more people are starting to use this amazing tool in the wrong way. Popular influencers and movies like The Social Dilemma have put the issue of unhealthy social media use at the forefront of society. People are starting to care more because it really is everywhere.

TIPS to develop a healthier relationship with social media:

  1. Be aware of your habits–Start to notice times when you use your phone as a time filler. Take note of those times and try to avoid using your phone.
  2. Use the screen time feature–This feature can put time limits on the usage of certain apps. My strategy is to use the screen time feature to set reminders for me to take breaks after 15 minutes. The ability to keep track of my daily and weekly usage also motivated me greatly to limit my screen time.
  3. Delete apps –One of the main causes of unhealthy social media usage is how easy it is to access your phone. Instead of having the apps on your phone which can be used with one click wherever you are, limit your social media usage to a laptop or desktop computer.
  4. Turn off notifications–There are so many unnecessary apps that are competing for your attention. By turning off your notifications, the constant sense of urgency to check your phone will decline.

Snippets from 4/16/21 blog The JED Foundation / protecting emotional health and preventing suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. 

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