In the past we’ve talked about how to clean up your social media accounts and leverage them to rock your personal brand and make valuable connections that can help you along your career path.
Now we’d like to talk about a more serious subject: Social Media Addiction (SMA).
SMA is a frightening and mentally debilitating disorder that affects millions and one that we totally made up for this week’s post.
Symptoms can include:
- Smartphone permanently attached to one’s hand
- Pain in your scrolling thumb
- Facial scars from running into street signs and telephone poles while Tweeting-and-walking
- Failure to remember something because you were too busy Instagramming it
- Temporary blindness due to selfie flash overexposure
- The inability to eat without first taking a picture of your meal and posting it online
SMA is more prevalent among high school and college students; however, it’s rapidly spreading to both younger and older populations, all of whom are becoming hopelessly addicted to posting and reading constant updates about their friends and the world around them.
Thankfully, for sufferers of Social Media Addiction, there is hope! There are various simple steps you can take to free yourself from the clutches of SMA and get your life back again—your real life, not some carefully choreographed digital “life” that’s documented in your timeline and used by corporations in clandestine micro-marketing campaigns.
Don’t go for your phone first thing in the morning.
Sufferers of SMA tend to reach for their smartphone first thing in the morning before they’re even out of bed, which can open the door to unnecessary negativity and, more important, delay the caffeine from the morning’s first cup of coffee to enter the bloodstream.
Instead of jumping right into your social media accounts, take the first 15 or 20 minutes to meditate and do a little deep breathing. Doing so will help you start the day off on the right foot. Don’t worry: the cute, funny little cat videos will still be there. They’ll always be there.
Put your smartphone in the glovebox when you’re driving.
This is a no-brainer. When you’re paying attention to your phone in your car — whether you’re checking your Twitter or texting — you’re not paying attention to the road, which is extremely dangerous (not to mention against the law).
Don’t get tempted. Toss your phone in the glovebox, forget about it, and don’t check it again until you reach your destination. (On a side note, why do they call it a “glovebox” anyway? Who in the world keeps gloves in there? Let’s do something about that. #BetheChange)
Experience life. Don’t just document it.
When I was a kid, my parents recorded all my sporting events and our family holidays on VHS tapes, using a video camera the size of a Volkswagen. You know how many times we’ve gone back and watched those videos? Zero. Zilch. Never. Our society is so busy filming and documenting our experiences that rarely, if ever, do we actually experience them! Today, with millions upon millions afflicted with SMA, you can’t go to a concert, wedding, sporting event, funeral, etc., without a gazillion smartphones all raised up to capture the moment so it can then be shared on social media.
Don’t let SMA cause you to miss out on one of life’s great moments. Instead, leave your smartphone at home so that, even if tempted, you’ll be unable to do anything but experience the moment. If, in the case of an emergency, you really need to use the phone, ask a friend if you can use theirs. Just remember to tag yourself when you’re posting to others’ social media accounts.
Just because you suffer from Social Media Addiction doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. Just follow the advice we’ve provided here and you’ll be well on your way to recovery in no time.
If that doesn't work, you may want to consider surgery. ~
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