One of the things that social media users need to be aware of is how easy you can become addicted to it. In using social media, one must make sure that you balance your time and efforts so that you keep addiction at bay. If you want to know what this addiction looks like, well…
- Your first task in the morning is to update your status on your profiles.
- Instead of talking to someone via phone or in person, you send them a text or instant message.
- If your Internet goes down, you suffer from withdrawal within 2 minutes.
- If you see the Fail Whale on Twitter, you go beserk and can't deal with it.
- If you lose phone service and can't connect to the internet, you want to destroy your phone.
If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms then there is help for you. You can learn to moderate yourself before it is too late. Even if you are an addict, you can recovery. Below are 12 ways that available for your recovery.
- Admit that you have a problem.
- Ask someone you trust to help you create balance to your social media activities.
- Monitor your progress as you moderate your activities.
- If it is a challenge for you, then ask someone you trust to help you setup timed access that they will keep you accountable for.
- If you slip and make a mistake by going past your limitations, don't give up. Just step back and pick-up where you left off.
- Create an inner circle that will hold you accountable. Make sure no social media addicts are in the circle.
- If you have offended your family members or friends by the amount of time you spend on social media, apologize to them.
- Help someone else that you may find is an addict.
- Admit on your social media profiles that you are an addict and that you will be monitoring your activities.
- Take everything one day at a time so that you don't get overwhelmed.
- Be open to being challenged to change. You can do it!
- Finally, chose a quote or saying that will motivate you to stick to your plan. Below is a good example:
“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The video below is a classic example of how someone can become a social media addict.