social media or better yet known as the social medusa is everything nowadays. and while as addicting as our phones may be, it’s time to put them down, and here’s why.
one: the dopamine high
dopamine, the happiness hormone, one that’s very crucial to the wellbeing of quite literally everyone on earth. the way it works is pretty simple really. you do something or accomplish that genuinely makes you happy and your body is flooded with endorphins that keep you motivated.
these days dopamine is one click away. you open up an app and suddenly your trapped in an endless loop of scrolling. now i’m not saying that this isn’t enjoyable, because it is, and that’s the problem.
we as a society have invented such a thing that dopamine is a click away. if you’ve already reached the highest most happy you can feel, there’s no more incentive to do anything else. and that’s the problem.
i think most of us struggle with this whether it be tiktok, or instagram, or youtube, these platforms ave a way of ensnaring all your focus on mindlessly having ‘fun’. but by just putting down your phone— and yes i am quite well aware of how difficult it is— you can start finding the same dopamine in the other, simple things like walking your dog or chatting with your family.
and i’m not saying to just completely cut out all these platforms because they may be useful, but everything is, in moderation.
two: life might seem boring but
another reason a lot of us gravitate to social media is that we get bored. personally i know for a fact i always have something productive to be doing but i just procrastinate it by wasting my time on my phone. just remember that while you’re killing time, time is killing you.
when you get bored my suggestion would be to pick up a productive hobby or go do/learn something that makes you genuinely happy. it’s also the time where your best ideas come to you, i mean how do you think this blog was born :)) ! and also remember that life is only boring when we fail to notice it.
three: less social media= better mental health
this one i can 100% back up. in my experience my phone when not used correctly can really wreak havoc on your mental health.
for me personally snapchat was an app that was really just so toxic. it was so frustrating to constantly have this weight on my back that i have to respond to all these people with meaningless photos of my wall. and there was also the concept of meeting new people and it was just plain terrifying when people asked or did scary stuff and sent it to me. so i just deleted the app, and i’ve definitely been happier and it’s also taught me not to feel pressured to respond to everyone.
and then there’s instagram. i see all these people my age and it’s like they have flawless skin, beautiful bodies and are just all around gorgeous. and as much as i want to say it didn’t bother me, it did. i mean i wear these bulky glasses and have typical teenage acne so of course it got to my head. i would’ve deleted this app, but a lot of my friends use it to contact me, so instead i’ve settled for an alternative of setting a 30 minute time limit. i really think this has made me feel so much better and helped me stop wanting to reach such unrealistic standards.
again, you don’t have to get rid of all these apps, just use them in moderation.
four: increased productivity
to lead a happy life you have to have the right balance between work and play. and whether you want to admit it or not social media tends to tip the scale towards being more unproductive and just feel icky overall. honestly i’m going to tell you that while you’re wasting your time it feels great, but after when you have to deal with the consequences, it feels anything but.
personally, lately i’ve lost the ability to just focus. with online school i’ve definitely been slacking and i know that when i go back in person next year it’ll take it’s toll. so what i’ve been doing is just putting away my phone for periods of time to finish my work and then also make time for my dreams and passions.
also another tip for when you feel tempted to use your phone is just turn on some music. music is a much better alternative because one it can help you focus and two i believe it just has the overall ability to elevate our moods.
in saying that time management is far from being my best friend, but i’m working towards it !
and that’s about all i have to say (for now) ! do you have any other tips to help lower screen time 🤔 ?…
see you soon !!
p.s. no post on monday, instead i have a very special post coming out tuesday, so keep a look out for that!!
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