Well if you found yourself attempting to scroll the pages of your newsfeed endlessly on morning of July 17 you may have experienced something unfamiliar, there was a 30 minute Facebook outage that displayed an error message, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.” First thought, refresh the page…second thought, panic. Will I ever get to see Paula’s adorable cat again? Will I ever find out how my past classmates turned out? We live in an electronic age where we’ve become dependent upon Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Our generation has become a ‘sharing generation’ and without the ability to like, post, and comment we often feel lost.
How do you know when you’ve become too dependent on social media? Ask yourself these questions: Do you find yourself distracted by social media in the workplace? Do you feel as if you’re missing out when you aren’t on social media? Is social media the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you see before bed?
If you answered yes to these questions here’s three quick tips on how to become less dependent on social media:
- Start slow, when at work use an application such as Self Control (Mac OS X) to block social sites you may be frequenting a little too often. Within this application you can block websites for certain periods of time which will allow you to devote your attention elsewhere.
- Delete some social media applications off your cell phone. This way you can only check your accounts when you’re at home and/or have computer access.
- Put the phone away! Our culture is so absorbed in what is going on with everyone else around us that we often lose focus on what is right in front of us. When you’re out to dinner or in a meeting put the phone away…the texts, tweets, and likes CAN wait.