A few years ago, I performed an experiment in a philosophy class I was teaching. I extemporized a solution: I offered them extra credit if they would give me their phones for nine days and write about living without them. Twelve students—about a third of the class—took me up on the offer. What they wrote was remarkable, and remarkably consistent. These university students, given the chance to say what they felt, didn’t gracefully submit to the tech industry and its devices.
The usual industry and education narrative about cell phones, social media, and digital technology generally is that they build community, foster communication, and increase efficiency, thus improving our lives. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent reformulation of Facebook’s mission statement is typical: the company aims to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”
Without their phones, most of my students initially felt lost, disoriented, frustrated, and even frightened. That seemed to support the industry narrative: look how disconnected and lonely you’ll be without our technology. But after just two weeks, the majority began to think that their cell phones were in fact limiting their relationships with other people, compromising their own lives, and somehow cutting them off from the “real” world. Here is some of what they said.
In this post, I would like to share my experience with social networking especially facebook. My intention is not to suggest to get rid of these social platforms, however, be cognizant about its impact on our lives.
I have been trying to get rid of facebook addiction & other social networking platforms. I realized that social media platforms are becoming more & more sweet poison which impacts my social behaviour. And, Here are my reasons why I decided to use it just to keep my connections with my friends but not to get addicted of it.
Wasting my precious hours of work early in the morning. Also, got addicted to that Every hour or so, I used to check Facebook. The only thing needed to know if someone has replied to my post or like my shared post or not.
Lots of fake news & manipulative articles.
Reading others useless posts.
Too much politics & garbage point of views.
Some of the few tricks to get rid of social media addiction:
Must log out after use & Enable two-factor authentication in login: Social media apps are an auto sign in & never asked for login again. This is one simple technique to keep the user on the site. You can use the opposite of these techniques to make it hard for yourself to just hit & use it without login. Just try it. it works.
Remove all social media apps from your smartphone: I know it seems strange but the root cause of this addiction is your smartphone & apps which notify (i.e little red number on top of your app). But you have got to stop that. At least stop notification of these apps. And the sound of these notifications as well.
Stop putting your phone under your pillow: Yes you got to keep your phone away and keep that device at the table. if there is an emergency, someone would give a call. No need to keep phone under the pillow. Buy an alarm clock if you use the phone to wake you up in the morning.
No need to carry a phone everywhere: What I meant is that it is not required in your meeting, dinner, breakfast, walking or talking to a real person. No need to carry your phone with you. If you are with someone, no need to carry this distractor with you. Enjoy the real conversation who may be more supportive/understandable than your Whatsapp messages.
Understand the purpose of technology: These devices are very important and solve real problems but let’s not depend on too much. Understand what you can do without it and when you need it. it is not that hard. just give a try.
The reality of Social Media, Psychology & Addiction
It’s not easy to get rid of social media. because it is our life now that we check Facebook before checking time forget about saying good morning to family members. However, we do one thing & that is, Forward good morning messages to 10 people who are not around. It’s hard to understand Psychology behind it but this is the reality now. Watch an interesting video about it.
It’s not easy & we can’t avoid these things because technology does help to connect. However, I would again say the same that you have to get rid of your addiction. And feel the world without these tiny devices. Talk to real human who are sitting next to you rather than messaging someone who is thousands mile way. Talking to a stranger isn’t that bad. It could be a good experience just like talking on WhatsApp.