I’m jumping right into it! How many of you struggle with over-using Instagram?
Here is one definition of addict just to start this off:
A person who likes or enjoys something very much and spends a large amount of time doing it, watching it, etc.
I often find myself scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Sometimes I’m sitting on my couch scrolling and tuning everything else out. I imagine what my face looks like while I’m scrolling. is it happy? Am I really enjoying myself?
Now, I’m not talking about jealousy of what I’m seeing via social media and I’m not talking about being envious of what my friends are posting. All I’m talking about is the feeling and behavior that we have towards media. Especially when that behavior mirrors addiction.
Let me ask you some questions if you’re still feeling like this isn’t you and that you’ve got it under control.
- Do you look at your phone out of boredom? Even when someone is speaking to you?
- Do you use it as a form of “relaxing”?
- When you are experiencing something awesome, do you feel sad that you didn’t share it?
Okay, so if you answered yes to any of these, I’m not saying you’re a terrible person or you should get rid of your phone. I’m just saying maybe there needs to be a little change and some balance created.
I think that Instagram is inherently an amazing tool! I have found, met, and used it well. BUT I have realized that I can’t go a day without checking up on it, multiple times a day.
Here are some tips that I have found to help out my Insta-addiction!
- Limit yourself. Download moment app- it tells you how much time you’ve been on your phone and reminds you to get off.
- Read! I have started to get into reading more and it’s been so helpful. Instead of scrolling through my feed I can flip pages and learn something. I started reading the book The Circle. It’s a fictional book that in a lot of ways parallels to problems with media that we have in our own lives and how we use technology.
- Be intentional to where you put your phone. I don’t like putting my phone in the living room or in the dining room. Places where my Family and friends tend to be.
- Be honest with yourself. Your life outside of social media is so much more important. You’re feeding into the lie that it fulfills you in anyway.
- Lastly, don’t take this too seriously. Keep it light hearted and realize that it’s a tool meant for entertainment.
All of this is my own opinion. Love you guys and hope you feel cared for!