How To Reduce Social Media and Internet Dependency

These days, it seems like all of us are constantly glued to our phones or our other electronic devices. Research shows that the majority of people check their phones the second they wake up in the morning and sleep with their phones right next to them. That should be alarming, but since most of us are so incredibly tech-dependent, we mostly just accept it as a reality of everyday life.


These days, it seems like all of us are constantly glued to our phones or our other electronic devices. Research shows that the majority of people check their phones the second they wake up in the morning and sleep with their phones right next to them. That should be alarming, but since most of us are so incredibly tech-dependent, we mostly just accept it as a reality of everyday life.

The truth is, however, that our dependence on technology and social media might be hurting us. Studies are showing that adolescents, who've grown up with social media and technology, are lonelier and facing more mental health issues than any previous generation. Clearly, it might be time to unplug.

You don't have to completely quit technology; in fact, doing so could hurt your professional and personal life. However, you can definitely reduce your overall usage. Here's how to reduce social media and internet dependency.

Enrich Your Mind

Reading seems to be a lost art form. With so many people dependent on their phones and devices for entertainment, fewer people than ever before make the time to regularly sit down with a good book. Reading about the expanding universe theory is a much better use of your time than checking your social media pages for the twentieth time that day.

Ban Your Phone From Your Bedroom

You would never invite every person you know or have ever known into your bedroom. However, that's pretty much what you're doing when you check social media from bed. The start and end of your day should be about taking time for yourself, not checking in with all of your social media friends. Ban your phone from your bedroom. It might be hard at first, but you'll be amazed at how much better you feel.

For someone who's addicted to their devices, it takes time and willpower to reduce usage. However, it's a fantastic thing to do for your mental health and overall sense of wellbeing. We're not meant to spend every waking second of our lives staring at a screen.
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