How to quit Social Media and their Addiction?
If you are like me, you wake up every morning and the first thing you do is to grab your smartphone.
My ritual is quite straight, I tap on the blue “f” logo to see friends, relatives, even people I have no idea who they are, get angry and see that they have something to say about pretty much anything.
Then, of course, while I’m having breakfast, there is a scroll on Instagram, and then YouTube, then LinkedIn, TikTok, and so on until I’m at my desk ready for work.
How crap is this?
We want engagement, we want to be entertained.
This is the main reason why people subscribed to a social media platform. They are supposed to give help a hand, especially for business purposes, because they increase our revenues.
They put us in a position going to be more visible, to get more exposure, to reach further people, to reach the right people that we want to get in touch with.
But that is not just business in life. And I’m talking about from a point of view of a person that is working with social media.
Have you seen this blockbuster from Netflix, The Social Dilemma? If you’re not paying for the product, yes, you are the product.
What we learn in this movie is that our brains are being manipulated and even required by algorithms that are simply designed to get our attention and make us buy things, including buying into distorted ideas about the world, ourselves and each other.
A documentary on how social media platforms use your interactions in order to promote things to you.
If you’re like me, the first thing you do in the morning is to grab your smartphone.
Once you grab it, you start carrying on your activity. And for me, my ritual is quite straight. As soon as I have breakfast, just open Facebook and start scrolling.
The idea of getting in touch with all the friends, relatives, and then people don’t have any idea who they are and everyone has to say something about anything, this and that and blah, blah, blah and so far and so forth.
And then I just move on to other apps like TikTok, LinkedIn, Instagram.
This is pretty much how it works for most of us. How crap is this? Is this a sort of a nightmare or this is the reality we live in? I guess we know the answer, right?
Are you under social media addiction like me?
Are you suffering from this? Are you considering quitting social media? You know what? It’s going to be harder than you think.
Let’s start by saying that Facebook now obviously become meta, is under a very big pressure on reforming how they work, what they are, what they do, and how they are supposed to make a better experience for their users, for us, for the billions of people using everyday their apps.
But let’s be clear, it’s not just about Facebook or Meta.
Let’s not point the finger just at Facebook because it’s not just about them. It’s about them all. A few days ago, I posted a survey on my LinkedIn profile and these are the results.
People have certainly developed social media addiction. It is not a secret that social media can be very addictive and can lead to massive issues and mental health issues. And unfortunately, profits are prioritized over people over their mental health.
This is a business model where we people users are essentially exploited and we are constantly feeding the algorithms.
The largest social media platforms are often compared to the big tobacco companies because their products are essentially addictive and profitable.
And the last thing they want to do is to essentially provide some sort of a benefit through their advertising platforms, Facebook and Google are selling real estate for local businesses and much more to sell advertising to us essentially for billions of billions of dollars every single year.
And this is increasing by the way, there is no stop. In other words, they are trying to shape and redefine their algorithms to keep us PC scrolling up and down on their applications.
Therefore they can sell more advertising and therefore they can make more profit every single year.
Because the fact is our regular and compulsive use of social media is exposing us to a bigger than ever level of advertising.
I think we’ve never been so much exposed essentially have a look at this. Around 61% of the world’s population has got internet access and we know that about four and a half billion people use social media for about two and a half hours every day.
The key question is how do the algorithms work?
Well, they work pretty much all in the same way. Basically Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn, they’ve got this algorithm that is choosing what we see according to what we like, dislike, we share, we follow.
What we consume is essentially shaping the new content we are going to see. So if you are an antivax, if you are a person that is essentially consuming a lot of fake news, you are going to be in a circle where you will end up seeing a lot of new fake news.
Whatever articles it might be and contents it might be, you will end up seeing more and more of that content algorithm is going to be fitting feed for you, which will be essentially customized.
I’m not seeing what you are seeing and therefore the experience on every single social media platform is going to be different, certainly unique.
And you know what, before this, the switch, every single post was published and you were going to see something on a chronological order.
As soon as they were published, you were going to see them. The switch came and obviously everything became much more accurate in terms of advertising as well as the content producer. I think it’s a good thing that we all live different and customized experiences on the use of our social media platform.
Yes, I would like to stay in touch with friends, people I know and all of that. But at the same time I do want to spend some time where I enjoy what I’m doing.
I will be much more inclined to come back to that platform because I know I can find what I find interesting.
It is no secret that social media can cause harm to your mental health.
And the reality is that some users become obsessed about what others are doing.
They just become in a way jealous of what they do in a world where influencers are rising and skyrocketing on popularity and everyone would like to be an influencer, essentially, obviously, this is very evident.
The effects of depression, for instance, are really rising and we can see them. I’m pretty sure you heard of this on the news or someone thought about or maybe you are suffering yourself and you don’t even know it.
For people that use social media for work, for business as I do, I spend at least four to 6 hours straight on Facebook advertising, Google ads. On top of that, I will have to consider the time I spend as an enjoyment.
So the time I would spend just to relax a little bit and read some content for my own pleasure. And the advice I can give you is that if you are able to do every single day Some sort of a breakout situation like myself, It’s going to be tennis.
This is for me, a very huge relief because I’m out of social media and then, of course, there is family, there are kids, my children.
I find myself with my smartphone on my end Even when I’m not supposed to have it. Talking to them, playing with them. This is on my hands.
How much time should you spend on social media? Some people say that 5 hours a day should be enough is not going to cause any harm on your health. They shouldn’t be any negative consequences.
However, other experts suggest that you shouldn’t be spending more than 3 hours a day Because otherwise it’s going to be compromising your health. I don’t have the answer, to be honest.
I spend, as I said, most of my day on social media and look, I’m the worst person to give you advice on this and I think to be addicted to social media.
So what I can say would be that uninstalling social media apps from your smartphone Might be the best first step to tackle this. I’m not ready to do that, to be honest. I don’t have the courage to do that. And you, what would you do?
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