Battling Social Media Fatigue
By Thao Nguyen
Social media has become such an integral part of modern life for so many people, that imagining life without it is pretty daunting. But as social media becomes more intertwined with someone’s daily life, the more likely it is to experience social media fatigue and stress. Whether it’s physical or mental tiredness, the constant stream of information and content is definitely taking its toll on a lot of people.
Here at Polarity, we can absolutely attest to that. Managing our own social media was time consuming enough, but adding in the Polarity social media made things even more hectic and overwhelming. The pressure to be on top of social media at all times can be internal or external. When our connections to others are limited to what’s on a screen (how often do we have time to actually sit down and talk to everyone in our lives anymore?), the temptation to constantly be updating and checking social media is hard to resist. It’s natural to always want to be presenting the aspects of our lives and to want to know what’s going on in the world. But when the social media obsession starts to affect us both physically and emotional, it might be time to step back and make some changes to how we approach it.
If you feel like social media is taking over your life and making you tired, try following these steps to alleviate the hold it has over your life.
Turn off notifications.
With the new Instagram algorithm, the constant updates found on Twitter, streaks on Snapchat, and the endless stream of new posts on Facebook, post notifications can aid in helping us not miss updates from the people and pages we care about. But the constant pinging of your phone will just keep you coming back over and over again to different social media platforms. Turn the post notifications off and disable the notification bubbles on your apps. This will keep you from clicking and from constantly unlocking your phone. If something is really important, it’ll come across your eyes eventually. There’s no need for immediate gratification for these things!
Find an alternative.
I’m extremely guilty of reaching for my phone whenever I’m bored. Even if I’m seeing the exact same content that I saw the last time I was on my phone, I can spend a good hour (or more, if I’m being completely honest) scrolling through the same apps. I wasn’t even being thoroughly entertained, and by the time I finally put my phone down, I rarely felt anything but lethargic. If you find yourself doing the same, try to make yourself doing something else with your free time. Read a book, take a walk. Try to limit screen time when you’re feeling bored and don’t use social media as a crutch anymore. Give yourself an opportunity to build your own experiences instead of looking at the things other people are doing!