It is very easy to get overwhelmed and distracted from life itself with all the social media outlets available to us now. In a recent study, 53% of people said they felt upset and 40% of people felt lonely when they couldn’t go online for even a short amount of time. If you ever had a time when your phone stopped working and you felt cut off from the world and upset, you get the picture of what I am talking about.
Technology itself is not a bad thing. There are many things we can do with the technology available to us now, but at the same time, we need to approach the technology with a mindset of moderation or we can find that it will quickly consume us from the inside out.
So here is the million dollar question: Are you too plugged in? Here are a few ideas you can try to find out the answer to that question:
Keep a Media Diary For 5 Days
Just like people who want to lose weight keep a food diary, try keeping a social media diary. Be sure you record when and how long you text, email, surf, and even watch TV. You might be surprised at how much time you spend on social media.
Pick one whole day and from sundown to sundown, separate yourself from your cell phone, laptop, iPad, and TV. You could get make this a recurring thing by picking one day each week to do this. Be sure you let others know about your intentions in doing this or people might think you were abducted.
Fight Technology With Technology
Use www.rescuetime.com to monitor your time you spend online. This will help you be more productive too. You can set up blocks on your computer for time-guzzling social network. A really cool way to do this is the Strict Pomodoro application you can use to discipline yourself and have a strict schedule for work and play. Strict Pomodoro, is a Chrome extension that not only adds a timer to your browser but also effectively blocks sites that might distract you. The extension adds a tomato icon next to the URL bar, clicking the icon starts a 25 minutes timer. The extension blocks you from opening time-wasting sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more. The list of sites that you can permit or block is 100% customizable from the extension’s options. Once a pomodoro is started, all restricted sites are blocked regardless if they were opened before or after starting the timer. When the time period runs out, a desktop notification informs you that it’s time for a break. Pomodoro intervals are not customizable. The extension has the option to enable an alarm when time is over. When your 25 minute are up, click the icon and it will allow you 5 minutes of leisure on any one of the blocked sites. Pretty cool huh?
Stop and Assess Your Feelings
When you are emailing, how do you feel? How do you feel when you are on Facebook? How about when you play video games? If you answer any of these questions with words such as “busy, edgy, distracted” or other negative things, maybe you should consider spending your time doing different things. What activities let you feel “happy, relaxed, connected, imaginative”?
Lt’s face it, technology is not going to just go away. In fact it is only going to get worse in the future. Spend some time finding ways to keep your time spent on social media under control. Your friends and even yourself will thank you.