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Is a social media detox right for you?

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Sarah Beale, Contributing Writer

Social media is a great way to be connected with you friends and family but it can also be addicting. Social media can really be obsessing. In fact, the amount of time being spent on social media overall by users is constantly increasing. If you feel overwhelmed with social media or feel like you are spending too much precious time on it, then here are some tips and tricks to put your phone down for awhile so you can start paying attention to the world around you.


Step one: Do not check your phone first thing in the morning.

Social media has become our newspaper all day long. It has become a habit for many of us to reach for our phone and check our social media platforms before getting out of bed. But checking your phone immediately can be time consuming and also mess up your morning routine. Instead of checking your phone immediately, why not do an activity that is more aligned with your true needs.


Step two: Turn off your social media notifications.

Consider turning off notifications that are unimportant or at least put them on silent. This can reduce the temptation and urge to check your phone every minute. Having endless notifications and having your phone light up can be very distracting which can derail your productivity throughout the day.


Step three: Put your phone away when you’re driving.

Driving sometimes can be boring especially when you are alone. Using your phone while driving can be very dangerous to you and the people around you. Don’t get used to that habit. Having your phone somewhere you cannot reach will lessen the temptation to use it. Pay attention to what is around you and start enjoying the beautiful scenery.


Step four: Do not take your phone to bed.

If you find yourself being up late because you are too busy browsing on social media, cut it out sooner rather than later. Discipline yourself and put your phone away an hour before going to bed. This will allow your mind to relax, wind down, and prepare for sleep.


Social media can take so much of our time and attention. If you find this to be true for you, it might be time for you to consider a social media detox. Social media detoxing has a lot of positive benefits. It can make you less anxious from having to keep up with the trend and it can make you feel more refreshed. Remember to use these tips and tricks and actually put them to use. We can all do a better job of living in the moment and not on social media.