We see that most of the youngsters and some elders are getting addicted to social media. They simply waste many precious hours daily on facebook, twitter and so on. Social media is a double-edged sword, providing both benefits and drawbacks. Spending excessive time, often repeatedly and aimlessly, on social media can be called an addiction. In fact, social media could even be seen to have become a national obsession.
What is the result of this addiction? Poor social relationships, isolation from the society, stress, victimisation, depression, anxiety and carelessness are to be riped due to this addiction. With the growing use of social media, these problems will not disappear in the near future. Already, people are talking about how we can unshackle ourselves from social media. It is essential to understand the social media usage which will help you to control your addiction and regain control of time.
Electronic fasting (e-fasting) can be seen as abstention from electronic devices and services, such as smartphones and social media. Total abstinence from social media may not possible, but the following tips could help to alleviate social media addiction, in the form of e-fasting.
How to do E-fasting? Decide on a specific day when you will stay clear of social media. This might increase your anxiety in the short term, but the time away will enable you to perform other activities. If you can do it for one day, then next time try two days or a weekend. When you get back to your social media, you can establish a better disciplined access routine.
Set some rules that only allow you to connect to social media at specific times of the day. For example, browsing for a limited time in the evening or not browsing when in bed. Think of the urge to check incessantly and consider whether it is important or can wait for another time. We can disable alerts and notifications. If disabling alerts and notifications does not do the trick, consider deleting social media apps completely from your smartphone. As most people access social media platforms from their smartphone, removing these apps would mean less ease of access. You will then only have access to social media from a personal computer.
The aim of e-fasting is to enable you to reclaim your life, achieve a balance of life and not become hostage to social media.