The Social Media Addiction

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Some people just can’t seem to put down their cell phone and always have to be online. When waking up in the morning, grabbing your cell phone, to go on social media should not be the first task of the day. This type of habit can become addicting and can lead to poor time management.

The feeling of logging on, recording every moment, engaging in entertainment, having stimulating discussions, sharing your opinions, can be the ultimate high. Not to mention, the high of seeking attention when you receive a certain amount of “Likes”. To be honest social media can become apart of your identity and you can start to be a slave to it.

The definition of addiction is “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming” (addiction. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 18, 2018 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/addiction). “Addiction is also characterized by the inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response” (American Society Of Addiction Medicine, 2011). Social media addiction is similar to drug addiction. Both addictions can be detrimental to the person engaging in that particular behavior. What would a person do without social media? Just the thought of not being able to have access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat or YouTube can make some people feel uneasy. The thought of not having social media can make some people upset. If a person is spending all of their time throughout the day on social media, then they might already be addicted to social media.

I understand social media can be used as a platform to market or promote a business but do not neglect or forget about important tasks that require undivided attention off social media. The neglectfulness of important tasks can lead to a business having a poor reputation. Below are some pointers on how a person can balance their time when it comes to social media:

Points

  1. Monitor Time Spent On Social Media – How much time do you spend on social media and on your cell phone? One way to break free from social media and your cell phone is to back away from it throughout the day. A person might be addicted to social media, if they can’t stay away from it. Log off for a couple hours and focus on your goals, family, and living life.
  2. Take A Break From Social Media – Once in a while, it is a great idea to take a break from social media altogether. For example, try staying off social media all week. Monday through Friday don’t be bothered with social media. Imagine all of the tasks and goals that could be accomplished in a day, if a person was not distracted by social media.
  3. Live In The Moment – Instead of being so quick to post the moment, live in the moment and enjoy the moment. For example, when I go out to restaurants, I look around and sometimes notice two people sitting together and they are both on their cell phones. They are together physically but mentally they are somewhere else. It is impossible to get to know someone better when you’re not focused on them and you’re not in the present moment.
  4. Balance Is The Key – There is nothing wrong with going on social media. Just make sure you are not spending all of your time there. Time is valuable! Make sure your time does not become enslaved by social media addiction but by management and productivity.

Just Keep Going

Some people are starting off this year with several problems, set backs, challenges and health issues. Everyone is not winning. The reality is that we all have problems and concerns that need to be dealt with. Giving up, quitting or throwing in the towel should never be an option.

Suffering a set back in life does not give anyone an excuse to mentally stay there. Never relive the moment of a setback. Let the disappointment go and keep moving. Being stuck in the same place mentally, will cause challenges in getting ahead.

Below is a list of five steps, that will promote forward movement in life:

1) Go harder!  Always remain consistent, in striving for your goals, no matter how many setbacks you encounter. This will help in your personal development.

2) Watch unforeseen obstacles! Obstacles always seem to come when least expected or when you’re trying to better yourself in life or execute your goals.

3) Stay Focused! Focusing on strategic goals will result in accomplishing goals early. Never let a bad situation take away the main focus of setting your goal.

4) Reevaluate the game plan! “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps”, says Zig Ziglar. This quote reinforces why new and improved actions need to be set when previous goals are not met.

5) Keep going! Figure out a way to accomplish and get what you want. This will help overcome any obstacle or challenges present.

Do Not Kill Yourself! 

As I scroll down my news feed and timeline on social media, I see a lot of workout and exercise videos. The videos are important because they motivate people to get in shape and improve their health. The one hashtag that I constantly see is the no days off hashtag. I understand being in the gym is important and if you want to see results you have to be consistent. I agree with the mindset of the beast mentality in the gym, but you will kill yourself, if you do not take a day off and recharge your battery.

You have to take one or two days off, in order to rest mentally and physically. Shut your body down, by getting rest. This will allow you to recuperate and reach your fitness goals. Some people do not reach their fitness goals because they do not take the time off to relax. Achieving your goals and getting the proper rest at the same time is essential in maintaining your health.  Don’t kill yourself!

Below are five examples on how to recharge your battery:

  1. Altar your thinking.  Stop thinking about work and the gym. Think about was you can relax.
  2. Set time aside. Every week, have a day set aside that is specifically for relaxing. This should be a day where you do absolutely nothing.
  3. Book a massage. The same way you take care of your car, should be the same way, you take care of your body.
  4. Sleep well. Go to bed at a decent time and enjoy being unconscious.
  5. Look in the mirror. Picture yourself, in the picture, I posted and make it a reality.

Look Inside Of You

You will be surprised how many people look all around them when they need help. Some people will search everywhere to get the help they need. Don’t get me wrong, it is nothing the matter with reaching out for help in order to find your way. If you need help in any area of your life you should go get it. Mentors and counseling is very important. However, looking within yourself is just as important too. The solutions to your problems are inside of you.

What can you do and what do you have on the inside of you that can help you with your problems? Your gifts, ideas, and the natural talent that you were born with can be your solution. I remember, I was watching a movie and this guy was trying to find the cure to this zombie problem. It turned out he was the cure. The antidote inside of him changed the circumstances around him. This cure eliminated the zombies from multiplying. Likewise, you have to realize you have the antidote inside of you to change your situation.

Five Reasons Why You Should Put The Cell Phones Away When Your Out On A Date.

The other day I took my wife out on a date and we went to a restaurant. The restaurant was nice. The food, service, the conversation we had and the overall restaurant experience was great. Love was in the air and we had a very good time. We actually had fun talking and laughing. As I looked around the restaurant I noticed people at the other tables. Some people were talking and some people were not focused on each other at all. I seen people sitting at the table with someone but most of their attention was on their cell phone.

I think it is bad etiquette and it is not a good look when your out with someone and your on your cell phone. It is hard to get to know someone better and connect with them when your cell phone is in control of you. Some people just can’t seem to turn their cell phone off or even put it away when their with someone. If you really want to get to know someone better you should talk to them and give them your undivided attention. Here are five reasons why you should put away your cell phone when your on a date.

  1. Attention. The person you are with should be the only thing that is getting and keeping your attention. That person should also feel that they have your undivided attention only.
  2. Conservation. You might miss out on a great conversation and an opportunity to get to know someone better.
  3. Body Language. Another form of communication is body language. The body language and vibe can tell you a lot about someone. You can pick up on certain things that are not spoken at all through body language. For example, facial expressions, as well as the energy in the room.
  4. Distractions. If you want to have a strong relationship get rid of the things that can distract you and hinder your relationship. A cell phone can be a distraction.
  5. Too much time on your cell phone when your with your spouse can actually hurt your relationship. The message your sending to your spouse when your on your cell while your out on a date, is that your cell phone is more important than them. This is not a message you want to send.

Turn Into The Incredible Hulk When It Comes To Reaching Your Goals.

I love comic books and superheros. I love reading the different stories of how they received their powers. I also enjoy watching the new movies and learning how the characters changed when they realized the new strength and powers they possessed.

One of my favorite characters is the Incredible Hulk. I like him because the angrier he gets the stronger he gets. When the Incredible Hulk becomes outraged, he destroys every thing in his path. This is great because it helps him defeat his enemies and save the day.

When some people think of anger they automatically thing of something bad. Being angry is not always a bad thing, however it can be good. For example, you can become angry about homelessness, poverty or any cause that you feel strongly about and desire to see a change.

You can become angry with yourself! This happens when you fail to follow through on goals that you have set. It is this the type of anger that makes a person upset with their circumstances or situations. They look at themselves and when they don’t see a change it makes the angry, where they want to take action to reach their goals.

You should get angry when you don’t see change. When you are not writing, trying to lose weight, skipping the gym, or any goal that you have set and are not pursuing. It should make you angry when you see that you are stuck in the same place you were the previous year.

It is time for us to improve ourselves and become better people. We need to turn into the Incredible Hulk, where we are so angry, that we destroy the things in our path that are stopping us. And we need to go after our goals in an unstoppable manner!

What Are You Going To Do?

What are you going to do? You wrote down your goals for the year, you pumped yourself up mentally, you’re excited, you’re happy and you’re ready to go. Now what? I tell you exactly what you’re going to do. You’re going to do the same thing you did last year. Nothing. Nothing at all. Admit it. It’s the truth. You’re not going to the gym, you’re not changing your lifestyle, you’re not quitting smoking or any other bad habits you have. The truth hurts don’t it? Hey, I am just being honest here.

The reason why you will not change your behavior is because of comfort. You’re comfortable where you’re at right now and it is that comfort that will stop you from changing your behavior. Until you become sick and tired of being comfortable is when you will change your behavior. Your life will only change will you change. You’re either going to remain comfortable and stay where you’re at, or you’re going to do somethimg different that causes you to be uncomfortable, but it will change your life and put you in a better situation. What are you going to do?