How hard is it to give up on social media?

How hard is it to give up on social media?

Ever since it's inception in 2005, Facebook has set a worldwide phenomenon by inventing the 'social media' term. The latter is responsible for revolutionizing the way we communicate and is being used by everyone – from kids to multi-billion businesses. Having such a role in our lives, it should come as no surprise some concerns have emerged regarding the addiction rate of such a service and how hard it is to live without any social media interactions. Well, the majority still thinks it's not hard, but there is some worrying data, too.

According to a research by Pew Research Center, 59% of surveyed social media users say it is not that hard to live without it. People said they could leave social media anytime and nothing would stop them. The age demographic research shows people who are 55+ old are most likely to live without social media, as voted by 66%. 

On the other hand, 40% of surveyed admit they can't give up social media by any means. You also wouldn't be surprised to hear it's hardest for the majority of people aged 18-24 to give up on social media – 51% of them to be exact. This is not surprising, as it is widely known fact social media is preferred by younger people.

This information seems quite worrying, as the percentage of people, who say they'll have a tough time giving up social media, has raised from the 28% back in 2014, when the same research was conducted. 

However, if you are one of the 40% struggling to stay away from social media, here are a couple of tips that could help you retract from your virtual ego:

1. Socialize in real life – Our first tip is quite straightforward. Most of the people use social media... well, for socializing. But, guess what, you can do that in real life too! And it seems to help too, as people who socialize more in real life tend to spend less time in the virtual agora.

2. Think before posting – Yeah, we know how tempting it is to upload a picture of the near perfect mac-and-cheese you've just prepared, but if you'll be uploading your 10th food picture for the week, and it's only Tuesday, it will be better you skip it.

3. Calling over chatting – This is a bit of a continuation of tip number one, but when you can choose between calling someone or chatting, just call them instead. Do it the old-school way, as you'll have to express emotions without using emojis and you'll also train your social skills.

4. Do a "no social media" weekend – Some of you probably had a panic attack while reading this one, but trust us, it is the ultimate test to determine whether or not you can live without social networks. The weekends are also the perfect time for the test, as we tend to have the most free time then and not checking your accounts would represent a challenge indeed.

5. Live your life, not their – May sound a bit harsh at first, but hear us on this one – if you're busy enough with your own life, you wouldn't even care about theirs (your social media friends). Also, when you think about social media, check a news site instead – you'll become more knowledgeable and you won't be bothered by other people's issues (or food pics).

What about you, our beloved reader? Can you live without social media for a day or two? Leave your opinions and tips below. Also, don't forget to check our Facebook pa... just kidding.


source: PEW Internet, via CNet

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26 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Is Whatsapp considered social media as well?

8. Vega007

Posts: 50; Member since: May 18, 2017

No, that's a messaging platform.

13. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I was surprised to see it in a chart in this article. But in that case, not hard to give up on social media. I am hardly on it.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1683; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Social media is the greatest plague of our times, especially for young people who are ruining their education due to social media addiction. Soon there will be an entire generation of dumb, poorly-educated people. The society will slowly learn to deal with this, the human brain will even more slowly evolve to be able to deal with this, but for for the moment social media is nothing less than a very addictive drug which is ruining lives.

9. Vega007

Posts: 50; Member since: May 18, 2017

Agreed.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3069; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You realize that's what our governments want. An informed public is dangerous and even the appearance of smart people drives authoritarian regimes mad. Don't believe me? Ask any person with glasses if they survived the Khmer Rouge. That's right, there's none - Pol Pot had them eliminated. In the US, the push for "family values" has set forth Betsy DeVos to rid us of public education in favor of privatized (read: religious) schools to create obedient little God-fearing sheep. My message to all youngsters is to get off the goddam phone and pay attention to what's going on.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6388; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We have digressed as a species to the point where the next generation won't have any use for the 10% brain capacity we have left.

3. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I go on instagram a few times a week but could easily stop.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 682; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I use Facebook less and less these days. Don’t care for everyone knowing my business. Strangers don’t need to know when I’m gone for a week with a empty home. Does anyone really know a friend of a friend?

5. libra89

Posts: 2165; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't know if I can. The funny thing is that I'm always checking them but I rarely post. I hate feeling like I miss stuff. I'm not into all of them everyday, but there are a few I check multiple times a day.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3069; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You shouldn't be depending on social media for information. Try Reuters or the BBC if you're uneasy about the MSM.

6. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

everything is social media even this site is a sort of social media so the only way to stop using social media will be to stop using the internet entirely

7. scarface21173

Posts: 624; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I stopped using facebook over a year ago.

10. Vega007

Posts: 50; Member since: May 18, 2017

Like anything people get addicted to, for some its not hard to quit, for others, it is the hardest thing on earth to do. Like anything, moderation is the key.

14. RoyalMike unregistered

This argument is dumb... It's like saying, can you live without cars when cars are out there, can you live without fans and ACs in summer.. I mean all these things are built to be used... Social media is just a way to connect. Earlier people had land lines, then they had mobiles, then internet, smartphones and so on....

15. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

10 years since I disabled my Facebook account. Except twitter wont miss anything at all.

16. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I de-Facebooked myself about 5 years ago. After my ex-Manager (not a friend) got caught tracking me. And my irritance with them extracting my personal info from friends and then providing my personal info to data gluttonizing sites like CNN and eHarmony(without permission). Quitting was hard, and annoying... But, it has been a good thing for me, yet maybe not for some of my real life friends as it is harder to contact me now.

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Deactivated my facebook account last 2016 and deleted it in 2017. I don't regret it at all even if people around me ask. My relatives just talk to me about whats happening in their life instead. It is better, I may not see their photos and videos all the time but atleast we get to talk in person

22. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How do you delete a fb account? AFAIK, you can only deactivate it.

26. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

you can

18. iushnt

Posts: 3043; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I see there’s no point in quitting social media. I have been able to socialize in real life with many of my friends and thanks to social media for letting this happen.

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1507; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've basically quit everything except Facebook, it seems you need Facebook to have a social life these days.

20. gigicoaste

Posts: 429; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

no facebook, no snapchat, instagram, twiter.. social what?? :)) I never understood the need of exposing your life to imaginary friends. The need of showing off is disgusting at the same level. Sure I use whatsapp for a chat with my family and friends, same as I'm using skype and emails. And sharing pictures... same old gallery handles that. All the communication tools existed long time before facebook appeared. Now society needs help and tutorials to manage their ego.. we are doomed!

21. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

the only social media I use currently is Instagram. But that's just to showcase my photography. Gave up on FB a while ago.

24. miazga

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 01, 2018

Same here. I find Instagram the only interesting social media. FB is still alive thanks to messenger, otherwise it would be long gone. I'm so glad that more and more people are giving up on FB. It's time to get our real lifes back.

25. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1502; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It wasn't much hard for me to leave social media two months ago. As I never signed up on Instagram or Snapchat any day and uninstalled Facebook (didn't removed my FB account.) and login only on Saturday night. But yeah it's way more peaceful now as I feel very stressfree and relieved than before I was.

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