Carol Collett

Life as I know it

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?

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2 thoughts on “Social Media Addiction

  1. I found your blog through jerrysguild. I spend a lot of time on social media, but it has partly been in order to get my number of followers up to hopefully build a platform of people who are interested in my writings and photos. Maybe that is just rationalizing, but to me, if one has a real purpose to be there then it is not an addiction.

    I think I saw on jerrysguild that he uses an app named anti-social that keeps him off social media during certain times. I need to look that up and use it to free up blocks of time.

    • carolbrucecollett@gmail.com on said:

      I agree with you. For me social media is a time sink. I’m talking about how I would get lost on Facebook instead of write. It was interfering with my goals. I have cut my time way back over the past few days and already feel more productive! Thank you for stopping by!

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