Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp are few of the social networks that we use on a daily basis. Sometimes we find ourselves doing nothing other than endlessly scrolling down the newsfeed of different social networks, checking for new updates and feeling bad about how less interesting our life is when compared to the lives of other people on your friends’ list.
With Ramadan just a few days away I thought why not write an article on social networking since I myself had gone through the phase of social network addiction 2 months back and I really had to take up some immediate steps because too much of anything is never good. Plus, I believe that Allah created us for a better purpose than spending hours on social networks doing nothing.
- Delete apps
There is this illusion of constant connectivity through the social network apps that we have installed on our smart phones and tabs. The instant notifications bound us to cater to them right at that moment. Instead of using apps on the go, fix a time when you will go online though laptop and respond to those notifications.
This applies even to those people who work online from home. I also work from home and this is my experience that instead of responding to your clients at any time of the day you must fix certain hours of the day during which you will be available to answer your clients. Don’t fear that by not being available all the time you will lose clients. Your clients need to know that you have a life outside of work and you also need to give yourself a break.
- Fight the urge
Now there are some apps that you can only use on your smart phones or tabs so obviously you won’t be able to delete them. For such apps you should lessen getting the notifications if there are any such options available. Apart from that, even if you get the notification, fight the urge of checking it instantly. Also, another thing you can do is to keep no sound for the notifications so you don’t get distracted while you are working.
- Start your day with a purpose
The main reason why we find ourselves hooked to various social networks is because we don’t have a purpose. We simply wake up each day for the sake of it and do our work as usual. Have a purpose for each. Like, ‘Today I will respond to all the pending emails,’ or ‘I am going to finish my work early today so I can read my book.’
- Engage more with the people around you
Have you ever realized that you are more aware of your Facebook friends’ life than what your mother, father or spouse are going through? It is because we don’t make conscious efforts to strengthen our bond with the family any more. Keep your smartphone aside, look up and speak to the people living in your home. It will make you feel much better because you will be speaking to someone who isn’t there to boost about their life but is rather there to have a real conversation with you.
I really hope these tips benefit you like it did to me. Do share any other tips you have for limiting our time spent on social networks. If you have a problem to discuss, you can reach out to at firstname.lastname@example.org.