Checking in on your social media consumption

Checking in on your social media consumption
30 June 2020    Caitlin Wood    0 comments

How much time do you spend on social media each day?

It’s all too easy to get lost in the power of social media. For most of us, social media is the first thing we check when we wake up in the morning and the last when we go to bed at night. As we tap from app to app, we often forget the reasons why social media was designed in the first place; to enrich our relationships with one another and not let it take over our lives in a negative or dysfunctional way.
If you find yourself spending way too much time on social media, here are five handy tips to help manage your screen time, reduce your daily social media consumption and build a healthy relationship with social media in an evolving digital world.

1. Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ or turn it off for a portion of the day  

If you are easily distracted every time your phone lights up or buzzes, why not put it on ‘do not disturb’ or turn it off? This is extremely helpful if you are completing assignments, studying for a test or finishing an important task where you might become easily distracted. If you are someone that always has your phone with you and doesn’t think this is doable, we recommend testing it for an hour each day, then building it up over time.

2. Delete social media apps or turn off notifications  

Deleting social media apps for a portion of time or turning off notifications is a great way to limit your social media consumption. You are more tempted to check your phone if you receive a notification or if social media apps are easily accessible. If you turn off notifications from these apps or delete the apps altogether, you won’t check social media as often as the temptation is not there. We recommend starting off for a few hours each day and then why not challenge yourself and try a few days at a time? Most people will quickly learn how much time they waste on social media apps each day!


3. Go for a walk and put your phone on airplane mode  

Getting out and about is a great way to distract yourself from always being on your phone. However, it is still easy enough to get caught up in checking your phone, especially if your notifications continue to flow through. Why not put your phone on aeroplane mode or even better, leave it at home? This way you can take a break from the hectic digital world and get some fresh air. You will surprise yourself by how much better you feel after a quick digital detox!


4. Track your time online  

If the above tips seem too challenging, why not just track how much time you spend on social media? This is the easiest way to ensure you don’t spend too much time on social media apps each day. We recommend setting a daily limit e.g. 20-30 mins a day and monitoring this via watch, stopwatch or some of the apps have activity trackers such as Instagram. Remember when your daily time is up, there is always tomorrow so don’t get too caught up in the power of social media.


5. Set a challenge for you and your friends  

If you and your friends are struggling with social media consumption, why not make it fun and set a challenge for you all to limit your screen time? This could be a weekly challenge e.g. whoever has the least amount of screen time gets shouted lunch by the person who spends the most time that week on social media. Another fun challenge could involve your friends all being out for lunch and having your screens faced down and the first to turn it over and check their phone pays for lunch. If you turn this into a challenge and have the support of your friends, you will be more likely to follow through with limiting your consumption. 


Find out more about getting savvy about Internet safety here.

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