After watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix, people were left questioning the role social media plays in their lives.
The documentary highlighted possible manipulation that users have not been aware of. After this many have decided to spend less of their time online.
Ironically though, after watching the documentary people took to social media to express their concerns.
I am watching #socialdilemma and I feel sick
— Ellen Pope (@ellenpope) September 30, 2020
Yesterday I watched The Social Dilemma & today I decided not to use IG the whole day. I continuously felt the need to open it up and check what’s going on. Even after exiting other apps like Twitter my thumb would automatically go to where the Instagram app was at 🥴 shits crazy
— Enrique Murillo (@kikeperras) September 30, 2020
go ahead and watch the social dilemma on Netflix so you can re-think everything you know
— reno nevada (@thebagchaseme) October 1, 2020
If you are also considering making some changes in an effort to spend less time on social media, here are some tips that might come in handy.
Keep a record of your screen time
If possible keep your screen time information on your home screen. This way every time you unlock your phone you know exactly how much time you have spent staring at your screen.
Use scheduling apps
If you are someone that has to stay active on social media, making use of scheduling apps will help you schedule your posts and remain active without actually being online constantly.
No social media in the morning
It is suggested that you don’t wake up and grab your phone to check what is happening online. Instead, spend some time out in the morning to do other things, like actually enjoying your coffee.
Turn off all notifications and badges
I can’t be the only person that gets anxious when I see that I have 503 unread emails in my mailbox before even tapping on the app. We are all guilty of this sometimes and by turning off all notifications from apps and not seeing a huge number on top of the app you will not be as enticed to click on the app.
Always take a break
Give yourself some time away from social media. Whether it’s for a day or two a week, give yourself some time in the real world without using social media, we promise it won’t go away in your absence.