31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #8—Spend Less Time on Social Media

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This one may sound drastic—but spend less time on social media! Social media is great for keeping up with friends and family, but spending countless hours everyday on it is never a good thing.

It costs you time and may be stealing your happiness. In fact, recent studies indicate that indirect interaction with people over Facebook can cause you to feel lonely, unhappy and even depressed.

Don’t Let Your Smart Phone Control Your Life—How to Spend Less Time on Social Media

Here’s how to spend less time on social media and more time enjoying direct human interaction:

  • Monitor how much time you spend on social media. If it’s more than 2 hours a day, cut it back to 90 minutes. See if you can do it. If not, then set a time limit that is reasonable and achievable.
  • Make a rule not to use your phone at the table. Use this time to talk with your family and loved ones instead of zoning out in the Facebook newsfeed. If you’re eating out, have everyone stack their phones on top of each other in the center of the table. The 1st person to check his phone, pays the bill! Or if at home, has to do a certain chore.
  • Get out and move your body. Do something physical with your friends. Walk in the park, go hiking, play soccer or ride bikes. When you’re physically active, you are less likely to use social media.
  • If you need more drastic measures, consider removing the Facebook (or other social media) App from your phone and only check it on your computer.

So, to sum it up, the less time you spend checking on Facebook and stalking random strangers, the happier you’ll be.


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