People might claim that being anti-social media is akin to being anti-social, but that simply isn’t the case. The hours we waste on Facebook browsing other people’s photos, looking at mutual friends and even catching up on news while we could be doing other, more useful things is quite astounding (and sometimes quite creepy).
But just how ‘social’ is social networking?
Research carried out by the GWI has revealed that people spend more than ¼ of their time online on social media, with 1/3 of all internet usage happening via mobile!
On average, us Brits spend about 1 hour and 20 minutes every day browsing social media, but are their more useful things we could be doing? In 80 minutes, you could technically do one of the following things:
- Talk to each other
- Read a book
- Listen to music
- Bake a cake
- Cook up a storm
- Watch a short film
- Start writing that novel
- Play Cards Against Humanity
- Eat a lovely meal
- Plan a weekend away
- Cycle through the park
- Learn to play that blasted instrument someone bought you 2 years ago
Of course, whether you find these things useful/productive/fun is completely subjective. Social media is a great tool for business and a fun way to connect with your friends. As the largest online community, it’s easy to get sucked into the Facebook void and lose hours of your life that you’ll never get back, with nothing to show for it!
Technology addiction is a real thing and people struggling to stay focused and on track often lose out because of it. With countless web and mobile apps on the market such as Freedom and QualityTime, it’s easy to analyse your online habits and limit ‘less productive’ ones…. If only there was something to limit the amount of time I spend getting distracted by my cats! I suppose that ‘thing’ is called discipline and we could all do with exercising it a bit more often- not just when deadlines are looming, but on a day-to-day basis.
‘Little and often’ is a phrase usually applied to dieting, but I think the same could be said for social (Facebook in particular). That way, we truly benefit from the time away and don’t have to constantly refresh our feeds in the hope that someone has posted something new (yes, I’ve done that too!)
I’ve just downloaded QualityTime for Android and am going to see what my ‘digital diet’ is made up of. I’m sure it’s not as interesting as it sounds, but I’ll let you know!