Social media is a great way to keep connected with your friends and family. It can also, however, be a major time waster. It’s easy to innocently hop on to see what’s going on in your social feeds, and then the next thing you know, you’ve spent 30 minutes mindlessly scrolling and not learning much useful information beyond what your friends had for lunch.
Dialing back your social media habit may not be easy, but our tech experts are here to help. Here are a few tips they recommend to help you scale back your usage.
How to limit social media use
1. Turn off notifications
Most social media notifications do not need your immediate attention and just serve as distractions. To limit notification on an iPhone, go to Settings > Notifications > tap the app you want to turn off > Tap the slider next to Allow Notifications. For Android, Settings > Notifications > Tap the slider beside each app you want to silence.
2. Delete one of two social apps from your phone
We tend to just open social apps out of boredom and end up doing a lot of mindless scrolling. By deleting the ones that aren’t really useful to you, you lessen the odds of wasting precious moments of your day.
3. Move social apps off of home screen
Out of sight, out of mind: if they’re not readily visible when you look at your phone, you’re less likely to be tempted to open them.
4. Download an app to help manage phone usage
Apps such as SPACE allow you to set social media usage alerts that will notify you when it’s time to step away from the phone.
5. Use a real alarm clock
The number one reason people site for keeping their phones beside their bed at night is that they use it for its alarm function, but what it really leads to is interruptions to your sleep and to your phone being the first face you see every morning. Using a real alarm clock helps you to start your day out doing something more beneficial than scrolling through your Twitter feed.
6. Put your phone away
Challenge yourself to be more present in the moment – when you’re with your friends and family, keep your phone in your pocket or purse.
Asurion wants you to get the most out of your technology while maintaining a healthy online/IRL balance. Need advice on how to scale down your tech usage? Our Experts can help!