Social Media Addiction Update

imageOne week social media restriction update: I feel free! Really. I knew I spent way too much time on social media, but I had no idea how it impacted me. With the exception of one day, I’ve spent no more than 30 minutes total on social media, most specifically Facebook.

I feel much less stressed. That may be partially because I follow several dog rescues who frequently post dogs in need of urgent help. Definitely worthy work. But that kind of sadness takes a toll.

I’ve also written more, with a little more clarity.

I’m going to continue my 30 minutes a day of social media experiment for at least another month.

Have you ever imposed a social media restriction on yourself? Do you use social media intentionally or is it a place you just hang out? Do you feel like your time on social media is productive? Do you favor one social media site over the others?

Social Media Addiction

imageI love social media. For the most part. Yeah, I’m one of those who checks Facebook hourly. Sometimes more often. Okay, I’m an addict. Seriously. My perusing of social media takes so much time it prevents me from doing things I really want to do. Like writing. Like training the dogs. Like weaving chainmaille.

I’m embarrassed to admit it. Really, really embarrassed.

But I need help. I must break the habit. That’s why I’m going public with my addiction. That’s why I’m asking all of you to call me out if you see me trolling Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram too much. What’s too much?

Good question.

So here are my self imposed social media limits for the next two weeks. No more than 30 minutes per day on social media. All social media, not 30 minutes per platform.

During these first two weeks I’m going to see how much more of the things that are important to me I can focus on. I’m already focusing more on writing. I’m formulating plans for my chainmaille. On Monday I begin training the dogs again on a routine and systematic basis.

I am also going to search for apps that will allow me to schedule some social media posts. I do value interacting with friends and staying in touch with family. But what I admit about myself is that I have to limit my time on social media or I lose all focus.

In two weeks I’ll report in and talk about how it’s going.

What about you? Do you think you spend too much time on social media? Or do you have your consumption of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and all the others under control? How do you manage your social media time? What about your kids? Do you monitor their social media time?