Step 1: Admit you have a problem
If you’re addicted then the first step is to admit it. Don’t sugarcoat or minimize it. Just call it what it is: an addiction.
Admit to yourself and to someone else that your social media use is unhealthy.
This may not seem like you’re “doing” much about it during this step but it’s the most important step because without it you’ll never quit.
Step 2: Decide to Quit
If you want to be free from your social media addiction then make a decision to do so.
It can help to write this down. You could write:
“Today, I decide to do whatever it takes to break free from my social media addiction.”
You don’t need to know how you will do it at this stage, you simply need to decide you will no longer be a slave to Facebook updates, tweets or snaps.
Step 3: Delete, Delete, Delete
Delete all your social media profiles. Yes. Delete them all! You won’t die. It will be OK.
Your friends will still be alive even if you kill your Facebook profile. I know it’s scary but trust me, it will be OK.
Step 4: Remember Why
For the first 30 days it helps to remember why you quit and what you’ll do with the time and freedom you’ve gained. It will strengthen your resolve.
The average American spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook alone. Choose new activities to replace the time you were wasting on social media. Read about how pointless and unhealthy social media is.
Step 5: Start a Blog
This may seem out of place but stick with me. If you want to still share things with others and document your life then start a blog.
Unlike social media you can own your own domain name www.yourname.com. Mine of course is this blog, jmonen.com. Blogging is much more rewarding than social media. You can contribute helpful ideas to the world instead of rants.
It really is that simple. Doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it’s simple.
I quit Facebook on Jan 1, 2017 and I never want to go back. I quit all social media on July 4, 2017 and it feels great! You can do it too!