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The 6-Step Social Media Diet That Really Works

April 19th, 2017

When it comes to what we eat, our generation seems to be in total control. We can cut out gluten, dairy, meat, entire food groups without a blink of an eye. But when it comes to cutting back on social media… um, can we talk about something else? Ever since Camille wrote about taking a digital detox last year, we’ve become more and more aware of just how much time we spend every day on social media. But what if instead of doing the occasional full-on detox, we simply starting implementing better habits every day?

I’ve been experimenting with this for a while, and my biggest discovery has been this: you can learn to spend less time on social media without actually experiencing any less of it. The secret is to view it more efficiently. Example: if you scroll your instagram feed just once at 10pm, you’ll see the exact same content that you would have seen if you compulsively scrolled it here and there all day long. But the 10pm check-in took you 5 minutes, and the sporadic, all-day check-ins took you a total of 20. (Not to mention that they distracted you from the world and people around you.) The idea behind my “diet” isn’t that social media is bad (hey, we’re bloggers), but instead that we should be mindful about how and when we consume it. Read below for my 6 step social media diet that you can actually stick to, and say hello to having more focused time throughout your day.

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7 Comments under :: The 6-Step Social Media Diet That Really Works
  1. Andrea D McAlister says:

    It sounds weird to say that another device has helped my social media diet. But since getting my Ringly my phone and social media habits have changed a lot. If I am expecting a call during a dinner out, my Ringly alerts me so I don’t have to have my phone on the table. Same with checking social media through out the day. I realized that I was checking when there was nothing to check. Ringly lets me know when I have something to check on social media and honestly I don’t check as much now. I love the tip of putting your handbag in the back seat. Doing that next.

    • Renee says:

      Just note that putting your purse on the back seat would definitely attract smash-and-grab attacks, as a person is walking past waiting cars at robots, and signs to another person that he saw for instance a purse. *Best advice is to put your purse next to your seat behind your legs, or under your seat, but out of sight of possible attackers*. And just resolve never to take out your cell phone while driving your car.

  2. Caryl Lyons says:

    Great reminders and I love “go somewhere with no wifi.” It’s amazing how we get sucked into social media and our brain just forgets the boundaries.

  3. Marissa Kubinski says:

    Great list Camille!

  4. I’ve already been implementing the tip about having one specific I check-in time in the day for social media (so fun to see that tip on here!) but I have never successfully taken a vacation without wifi. It seems almost scary to me. Maybe I should try it 🙂

  5. Eva Hamden says:

    Great post! A few months ago I found myself up late scrolling Facebook for what ended up being 2 hours! After a long talk with my spouse, he suggested I delete the app completely from my phone. It was an amazing change! Instantly I gained 3 hours on my day – hours I didn’t even know I was losing from checking. Now I go on once every 2 days and mostly to check that my blog posted correctly. It’s a life changer and I really suggest it for people who are struggling with social media addiction – you wont miss anything!

  6. Natasha Campbell says:

    I took a cruise and opted out of the wifi. BEST DECISION EVER!!! I highly recommend everyone take a vacation where they get to completely disconnect.

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