Social media started out great for me; it provided inspiration, communication, and was a fun way to pass time. Slowly, though, it’s become yet another item on my to-do list.
I feel pressure soon after I wake to check my feeds. It literally nags at me until I find myself speed-scrolling through Instagram, then Snapchat, then Facebook, all while brushing my teeth and trying to accomplish a calm start to my day.
I’ll think about a potential post or photo more than focusing on who I’m with or what I’m doing. I waste my limited downtime trying to either get through a feed of hundreds of people—many of them strangers—or get likes from those following me—also some strangers.
I was iPhone-snapping during an unreal sunset recently, and when I finally looked up beyond my screen, the sun was set. And for what? So that I could humble brag about my Cabo vaca? The most ironic thing happened, too; it didn’t photograph well. It wasn’t even “Insta-worthy.”
While I love to see what my friends are doing or to share my most beautiful acai bowls, social media pressures shouldn’t be hijacking my mind. It’s never more important than witnessing a sunset or putting my phone away to enjoy time with people I love—even when I’m at the most adorable coffee shop Instagram has ever seen.
So how can we get back to the point where social media is simply a second thought or pleasure and not an obligation or obsession? Here are some ideas I’m going to start with:
1. Set an afternoon date with my accounts. By planning a set “break time” for social media, I’ll have something to look forward to but also structure.
2. Unfollow people who don’t make me feel good, no matter who they are.
3. Only post what feels natural and never forced.
4 .Leave my phone behind more.
5. Keep a book, newspaper, or magazine with me to pass time instead of scrolling.
Anyone else feeling weighed down by social media? What tips do you have for limiting it?