When someone asks you, "Hey can you quit Facebook for a week?" You're like, "Of course I can. I just don't want to." Do you know that's the exact same response from an alcohol or smoke addict? Yes, that's right. You could be a Social Media Addict.
I really strongly believe that social media is the next great addiction after smoking, alcohol, and gambling.
Social media is right up there because you get the same dopamine responses when you're liking things, sharing things on whatever people are liking and commenting.
Let me ask you a question...
When's the last time that you checked your phone?
Wait a minute. You just came from Facebook or Twitter right?
Seriously, new research suggests that people check their social media anywhere from 80 to 300 times a day.
While we can't compare it to the lasting damage that drugs, alcohol and gambling have on people's lives, there is no question that social media is damaging in its own way.
Most of us know this to be true.
I distinctly remember my freshman year of college signing up for Facebook. I remember seeing that shiny red notification at the top corner of the screen. It didn't fully sink in right away.
But the more I used it, the more I realized I had become dependent on that tiny red dot in the corner of the screen.
If I opened up Facebook and there was no notification, I would feverishly refresh, refresh, refresh...
...until someone generously saved me with a LIKE.
I'm seeking that dopamine. I'm addicted to it.
Most of us probably are in a similar situation especially if you're one of the people who checks your phone 300 times a day yet we do nothing about it until today.
Still not convinced that you are an addict? Check out the 7 signs that you could be one below.
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7 Signs That You Are A Social Media Addict:
- You are constantly checking notifications and newsfeeds on your phone every morning and before bed. It has become a part of your daily routine.
- Your self-esteem is affected by how many likes you receive. You get your social validation from social media.
- Mindless scrolling. Just scrolling endlessly with no particular reason.
- You are carefully thinking about what to post during the course of your day.
- You feel lonely when you're not on social media, especially when you are alone.
- You get bored easily or lack of interest with your day-to-day routine if you put down your smartphone.
I have a challenge for you. For the next 30 days I want you to quit social media with me.
But what if I run my business on social media?
What if my girlfriend gets upset that I don't like her comments or posts?
Well, you will likely come up with every excuse in the world. Our brains are very clever at manipulating ourselves into thinking that we need these things.
Because the truth is without it, we're going to get very very uncomfortable.
But let's look at some of the benefits you might experience by going on a 30-day Social Media Detox.
- You'll compare yourself to others less often. Comparison takes its toll on our well-being more than anything else. You're going online on Instagram and seeing the best version of everybody else and comparing yourself to them.
- You'll get more time to invest in yourself. More time to invest in hobbies. More time to read a book. I feel like an old timer, back in my day we used to read books without social media. You'll have more time to bring in positive experiences to your life rather than draining your battery and draining your brain.
- You'll be more focus without the 300 interruptions throughout the day.
- You'll be able to gain greater clarity and create a vision for your life.
Now if you are still with me, if you are here for the next 30 days to commit to this Social Media Detox, the next steps are incredibly simple.
- Delete all social media apps from your phone don't just hide them away in a corner. It's not that effective because naturally we will instinctually know... like our hand knows where the app is without even thinking. It's an involuntary movement. You can download these apps again after 30 days and all your information is still going to be intact. The world will not stop turning because you didn't check your phone.
- Log out of all social media accounts on your computer. Make sure that those passwords aren't quickly saved so you can log in instantly. You can use a Chrome extension like Stay Focused to keep you blocked out of these websites completely. The idea is that you want to add as much friction as possible.
- If your business is dependent on social media, then you can use third party apps. It allows me to schedule it allows me to post things and push them to Twitter or Instagram without having to worry about going to these apps separately or having to think of fresh new content every day.
- Figure out what you're going to do with your day. You have to figure out how to keep yourself preoccupied with something more productive other than social media.
Why not start a journal in your free time?
Now if you're having some doubts or if you feel like you're on the fence...
Try to picture yourself in the future after 30 days.
- How much more productive do you think you could be over the next 30 days if you didn't have the distraction of social media or these apps on your phone?
- What can you accomplish without the distraction of social media?
- How much more clarity and focus will you have in your life after you stop this addiction?
For myself, I'm really excited because I've taken control over these platforms.
I'm not sitting there and letting the newsfeeds distract me.
I did miss some stuff I didn't post. But guess what?
Everybody's still here and nothing really changed.
So the idea here is that after this 30 day Social Media Detox, you're going be able to go back and think about how you want to bring these apps into your life, in a more intentional way.
You may choose to check it once or twice a day. That's a lot better than 300!
Good luck and I'll see you on the other side.
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