Social Media Overload

5 WAYS TO STAVE YOUR SO-ME ADDICTION

Relentless Aaron as "Minister of Information & Media"

After years of AOL, Myspace, Facebook, instagram, Twitter and IG, we’re all over at TikTok now (I guess).
And its become straight-up information overload. And if you see how everyone is just GLUED to they’re screens you’d realize this is a growing problem in today's society, particularly as it relates to social media. With the constant flow of information on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the updates, news, and content being shared.

As a content creator, all I can do, or all any entrepreneur can do is stay the course and keep creating. But for the end user, this can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and even addiction.

One of the main reasons for information overload on social media is the fear of missing out (FOMO). People often feel compelled to stay on top of their social media feeds, constantly checking for updates and new content. And I’m not just talking regular folks! Even accomplished, mainstream celebs are stuck in the matrix of social media, how they look and how they’re competing. This can lead to a cycle of constant scrolling and refreshing, which can be both time-consuming and mentally draining. In fact, too much of this has lead to death by suicide. Years back a young wife and mother took her own life because he husband (also young) “unfriended” her on Facebook. WHAT!? And then guess what??? Not long thereafter, he did the same, took his life because (so I’ve been told) the families blamed him for what the wife did. Holy Cow Batman! So for sure there are some deep seated issues when it comes to how we are taking on all of this multimedia all of this information all of these images and how we are managing.  

Here are several solutions that can help individuals overcome the addiction and negative effects of information overload on social media.

  1. Set limits: One of the most effective ways to overcome information overload is to set limits on the amount of time you spend on social media. This can be done by setting a timer on your phone or using an app that tracks your usage. If you’re like me, you haft “pull away” from your computer/almost as tho you’re fed up! Lol. But then we nd up back to the screen again, so…
  2. Unfollow: another way to reduce the amount of information on your feed is to unfollow accounts that are not providing valuable information or that are just adding noise to your feed. Okay wait, the couple in Conyers needed this info! Alright, I digress. This cleansing is necessary, especially with everyone sharing the same exact story.
  3. Prioritize your accounts: Instead of following a large number of accounts, choose a smaller number of accounts that provide valuable information and that you enjoy following. I personally like to go to unique spaces for my shared content. I also try and keep my sources sacred because I have COPYCATS! (Since forever!)
  4. Take breaks: Another solution is to take regular breaks from social media. This can be done by setting aside specific times of the day or week when you will not check your social media accounts. I also like to take workout breaks, bathroom breaks, phone call breaks and outdoor breaks. Just change or break the monotony.
  5. Lastly, seek out a balance of information, try to balance the time spent on social media with other activities such as reading a book, going for a walk, or spending time with friends and family. I like to divert from social and go to the news. I may even decompress where I don’t wanna hear anyone talking, singing etc, and I’ll play one of my fave YouTube channels. Here’s one in particular.

In the end, information overload on social media can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as addiction. It can lead to self esteem issues as well, like the need to “keep up with the Joneses.” However, by setting limits, unfollowing unnecessary accounts, prioritizing valuable accounts, taking regular breaks, and seeking a balance of information can help individuals overcome the negative effects of information overload on social media. 

I SAID WHAT I SAID, RELENTELSS

By the way don't you think I'm posting these items and products on Amazon for money grab. I use the AirTags and they inform me when I've left my wallet behind or when I've left my knapsack behind and it gives me a specific location if I misplaced it. Let's face it I'm getting older and sometimes forgetful, and maybe you are too lol.

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