Over the past several years, I developed what seems to be an honest-to-goodness, real, awful addiction to social media.
Did you know social media addiction is (probably) a real thing? Social media sites are set up to “induce changes in some brain reward pathways that are similar to that seen in drug addiction” (or so says an article asking, “Are Frequent Internet Users Addicted? Their Symptoms Could Resemble Those of Drug Addiction”).
I wrote about this before. I deleted all social media apps off my phone. It worked, for a while. But what with Google saving the URLs for me, it became just as easy to get lost down the rabbit hole with a simple click on my phone’s web browser.
I finally downloaded an app called Offtime. You choose what apps you want to remain open during your offtime, and which apps you want to block yourself from. Then you click a fun little start button, and the app kicks you off every time you try to open a blocked app. “Now, now, now!” it might say. “That’s not really necessary, is it?”
It’s like having your no-nonsense mother helping you learn self-control all over again…except that it never sleeps, so you can’t sneak it under your bed covers after hours.
Do you use any apps or programs to regulate your internet usage? I’m still on the lookout for a good computer program!