Social Media – Breaking the Habit

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Has this ever happened to you? You are working on an essay that’s due in a few hours, and after just 5 minutes of writing you decide to reward yourself by checking Facebook. Then you get carried away and before you know it you’ve wasted precious time and now you really need to starting grinding on your homework. Maybe you just managed to turn it in a minute before it was due, but was it worth it? You could have avoided the stress by holding off from social media for a few hours.

Social media addiction is a serious thing, and a lot of people suffer from it. It can really affect time management in a bad way. Imagine how much more productive we would be if we didn’t scroll through our newsfeeds for unnecessary lengths of time. The problem is that many social media users have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I like to know what’s going on in my friends lives, but it’s hard to keep up with everybody just by messaging or calling them one by one. Facebook and other platforms make it easy to keep up. This is one reason why so many people are hooked. Not to mention, Facebook and other social media are a source of news for many people. In fact, 23% of Twitter users rely on Twitter for their morning news.

According to statistics, 350 million people suffer from Facebook addiction. More than half of all users visit every day. I think part of the blame is that many people use the mobile app. We are already on our phones too much as it is, but when you can take Facebook everywhere you go, it’s hard to resist the opportunity to distract yourself. It’s no surprise that 55% of youth check their social media site on a mobile device versus a desktop or laptop.

The best way for someone to deal with this issue is by recognizing the problem.  A person must ask themselves what they’re doing and if it’s worth it. Eventually they should try to give it up, even for a little while to see it how it goes. I realize that I feel free when I’m not on Facebook. I have one whole day out of the week where I don’t use it at all, and I don’t even think about what I’m missing out on. If only I could do this every day. We can all achieve our goals if we make the effort! But we have to start somewhere…

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