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How do you avoid an addiction to social media?


ANONYMOUS WRITES: I’m relatively new to the social media game, and I don’t think I’m addicted to it. At least, not yet. The thing is, I’ve heard about so many people who get obsessed with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and they become addicted to it. How do I guard myself against wasting time on or getting unhealthily connected to social media?

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  • My first first comment!! 🙂 Well, speaking from experience, my parents have always had us set a timer if we are on electronics. I myself, don’t care for gaming though. I’d rather do something musical (as you can probably tell.) I will however, play on the wii once and a while. I’d rather write a song than accomplish nothing on a video game. I guess, just make sure that you limit your time and make sure all you do is ‘glorifying unto God’. 😉

    • I may be totally wrong but I think Anonymous was talking about social media as a whole (referring to it as a “game”) rather than like an actual video game. Although Facebook games can be addicting so I may be wrong lol =)

  • Hey Anonymous! I’d highly recommend the WasteNoTime browser extension. With it, you can set time limits for yourself on websites you don’t want to spend to much time on. It’s free and it’s pretty easy to use! =)

  • I would suggest taking a break from social media every so often. I don’t use any electronics during the summer months of June, July, and August. You don’t have to go to this extreme, but maybe take a week, or even a weekend, and don’t use any social media. 🙂 Besides, summer is too beautiful and wonderful to be spent indoors on electronic devices! Trust me, taking a break really helps! 🙂

  • If I become addicted to something, I try to stay away from it for a month. When I try to avoid being addicted to something, I try not to spend too much time on it.

  • This is the perfect question for me. I often spend too much time on my computer doing ‘social media’y things.

    I don’t actually have any legit social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), but I spend a lot of time texting with friends, commenting on here, sometimes texting with my friends through Skype.

    As Olivia’s said, taking breaks is great!

    There’s definitely a balance I think. Like right now, I’m writing on the Rebelution to answer this question. I want to get more active on social media platforms, as I’m interested in becoming an author. At the same time, I know I have weakness in this area and I need to be careful.

    So, all that to say, remember to be thankful to the Creator of social media, and taking breaks, as Olivia said, is really good and helpful.

    Also, if you realize that your using social media to procrastinate from doing important things (like being with family, spending time with God, etc.) that can be a pointer that you’re using it too much.

  • For me, it’s important to have accountability. I’m not a big poster on FB and I’m not on Instagram, Snapchat etc. It’s about limitations. I have gotten off/deleted accounts on different sites because I felt like it was taking up too much time, putting pressure on me to be someone I’m not, and definitely making me grumpy 🙂
    My parents will tell me if I’m taking too much time to look at all my feeds and friends profiles and they help me set boundaries. I’m accountable to them.
    Another thought is to not look at your social media during school hours. This definitely will help limit your time and it also frees your mind to focus solely on your studies and not who liked who’s post.
    Maybe limiting yourself to two or one posts a week. This cuts down your time and you get more ‘likes’ the longer you’ve kept from posting! 😀
    Hope this is helpful, Anonymous!

  • Great topic. Hard to answer as there are both good and bad aspects to everything. As humans, we all struggle with self-control in different areas. If you get to the point where you think you are doing too much, it could be a problem. I would suggest you chronicle your usage as to what you are on, how long and why for a week. Then go back and see how much was redemptive and useful time and what time was wasted. Only you can decide that. Try exchanging the wasteful time doing something for good. I think it might help.

    It is very good that you are interested in keeping balance in your life. It will serve you well into the future.

    God bless!

    Mrs. Jean

  • It’s funny that this should come up now! I have become addicted to social media, so I’m doing a month long social media break for May. I’ve set some pretty strict rules in place, but I’m looking forward to it. I did about a week long fast in the beginning of this month, and it was hard but so worth it!

  • I think the best way to control social media (or any could-be idol) is to keep if under the bigger framework of your life — which, if your a Christian, is to glorify God; advancing the gospel through your words and productivity.

    So if your insta gets in the way of your relationships, kill it. If FB makes it harder for someone else to enjoy God, kill it.

    You have the freedom in Christ, but use it wisely and be ready to give up your rights to serve others and advance the gospel.

  • How do you avoid social media addiction? Become a missionary in Africa with limited internet access. Worked for me! =^D =^D =^D

      • Terrible! Why do you think God sent yet another missionary to share the Gospel there???

          • Living in the will of God is wonderful. Living in the Republic of South Africa is testing.

          • Ooh yeah South Africa is pretty tense from what I’ve heard… Their history alone makes me cringe 😛

          • They have a very interesting history, mostly sad, of course, but what is coming over the country will be worse than the previous disasters.

          • Just know that the “official” history of South Africa that was told to the Americans, written on Wikipedia and even found in A Beka Book’s history books, is a twisted view of events, motives and philosophies and religions of the numerous peoples involved.

  • Hi!
    I can completely relate. As began to become a lot more involved in social media, I still had the gnawing fear of becoming addicted. A couple of warning s signs I live by are if 1) I go on social media more than twice a day. Did I post something that I am excited about? Keep it to two look overs a day. 2) I look on peoples profiles… a little two long. If you are scrolling down “Josh’s” page to the point where the posts are two years old, time to get off. 3) If I sit looking at my screen and realize they are no other sites to visit, so I just revisit the ones I’ve already been to. Big no-no. (I find myself doing this one all the time!)

    I have found that when I find myself doing on of these are all of them, it’s time to take a break. Typically, I social media fast for about a week, but that’s all up to you. I wrote a blog post about this actually, so if you’d like to read it, here’s the link:

    The long and the short of it is that if you feel being led to something, by all means do it. If God’s asking you to do it, no matter how hard it is, it will all end well. Just keep doing His will!

  • They key is to stop before it gets to addiction! That may sound hard but if you persist you can do it in a month. See you have to get your ‘head’ bored with too much.

    There are ways you can do that. 1) Give your self limits. Set timers so you an only go for a certain about of time. I set times that I allow myself to go on. And make sure you wait for at least an hour after you wake up before you go on and get off at least an hour before you go to bed. I don’t allow myself to go on during school hours or while I’m eating. That alone narrows the time I go on by a lot. 2) Do something you are passionate about. Find something you love to do and do that whenever you feel you have been on too much. I like to either work on my blog, take photos or do crafts. That way you’re not tempted to go on during that time too. Plus you get to do something you love. 3) Let yourself have cheat days. Just like dieting I allow myself to go on more on Saturdays when all my friend are able to talk too. But I make sure it doesn’t get in my way of studying by setting times I have to study. 4) make your time meaningful. Have a purpose for going on every time. I don’t allow myself to go on just because I’m bored. I go on to talk to friends, get inspired or relax.

    And in no time scrolling through your Facebook feed will be very boring because you know there are way better things to do with your time. Now it does take time to become a habit, but trust me, you can do it!

  • In a few words: set boundaries for you and stick to them!! “I’ll do this ONLY for 30 mins, 15 mins, etc..

  • Gosh, I have so much trouble with this. I’m glad that my parents didn’t get me an Iphone until a few months ago when I turned 17. I like to set a time limit each day–maybe I don’t go on any social media until after dinner, or I can’t go on until I’ve finished all my math homework. Once I finish the 100 days of joy challenge that I’m doing on Instagram, I’m thinking about nixing social media for the rest of the summer.

  • I just don’t have much along the lines of social media, so I can’t really get addicted. So I guess that there’s a way to go, don’t let yourself get alot of social media.

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