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    5 Ways to Keep Social Media from Taking Over Your Life!

    Social media plays a huge part in the lives of many people, especially teens and young adults. Although it’s become a great way to keep in touch with friends and family who live far away, make new friends and promote businesses, it’s also got some pretty negative aspects.

    Check out the following clip regarding how social media can be addicting.

    Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, is often very time-consuming. It can distract you from being more social the old-fashioned way…in person! But more than that, many people are finding that it’s very addictive. If you’re noticing that social media is taking over your life and you want to have more control over it, consider the following tips.

    1. Schedule your social media time. If you don’t determine a specific time frame in which you get on Facebook, then you’ll find that it can eat up a lot of your time. So set time aside. Just make sure it’s a reasonable time frame that fits into your schedule without compromising your priorities.
    2. Stay focused on what your initial intention was when you got online. Did you want to check in on some specific friends or set up a post? Whatever the intention, stay focused and get it done. Then get off.
    3. Be disciplined about sticking to your time frame. Once you realize that the control comes from you, it will be easier to accomplish tips 1 and 2.
    4. Have offline activities to keep you busy. You may find that the reason you spend so much time on social media is because you’re bored. Think about starting a new hobby, partaking in a sport or volunteering at your church to keep you busy and off the computer.
    5. Don’t allow social media to be your main forum for socializing. There really is an art to socializing, and unfortunately social media has put a major damper on it. Now it’s so easy to just keep in touch online rather than actually getting together with friends. Of course, distance may be an issue with some of your friends, but not all of them. Get together in person. Organize an activity or group that involves all of your friends. Join your church youth group.

    Social media can be a great thing when it’s under your control and you aren’t being controlled by it! So make it a scheduled part of your day and don’t let it take over your life.

    Ladies, are you finding it difficult to control your social media habits? Do you have any tips to help?

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    13 COMMENTS

    1. This was awesome! I’ve found myself spending way too much time on Facebook. I even tried deleting it, but the website actually wouldn’t let me, even though I tried multiple times on different days… but now I see that if I can just have self-control and set up a time and time limit for Internet use, there’s no need to stop using it completely. 🙂

    2. Here’s what I do with social media (I go on four: my email, PI, Facebook, and pintrest), and I t ell myself that I can go on them one or two days a week. For example, Sunday – PI, Monday – email, Tuesday – Facebook, Wednesday – pintrest, Thursday -PI etc. It’s really helped!!

      • Haha I am homeschooled too so I know how you feel. But sweety, college is gonna be culture shock if you are scared of kids your own age. I would suggest joining a few clubs or something to get to know some kids your age 🙂 (if you were kidding I’m sorry but it’s hard to tell on the Internet XD)

    3. This hits my problem just dead on! I recently have realized how addicted to my IPod I am. I will spend hours on it going on Facebook or texting and the biggest one is games. Even when I’m with my boyfriend hanging out I can’t seem to put it down. I really need to work on this addiction. :/

    4. Here I am, 11:53 on a school night, on here reading about how addicting social media is. “What, me? Addicted? Nah!” I tell myself. For the past hour, I’ve been telling myself “Get off the computer and go to bed!” but I haven’t done so. Maybe I do have a problem… :/

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