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A world without social media

Part 2: How much is too much?

In my previous blog, I discussed how social media has changed our lives. In this blog, I will discuss the impact of social media on our daily lives and offer some recommendations.

Even if you all spend the majority of your time on social networks, it is important to take a break. You cannot completely suggest being out of social media because that would mean a lot of people losing their jobs.

The social media world has given many people employment opportunities. In communications for example, almost all positions require people to be connected with social media in one way or the other!

Another aspect is that social media has allowed people to voice their thoughts and opinions and reach out to a wider set of audience.

People would not be as innovative as they are today if social media didn’t exist and many businesses would not know how to promote themselves effectively if it didn’t exist.

It is a fact that social media has changed people’s perspectives and raised awareness about a wide range of issues. The knowledge that people share on social media has contributed to change in a positive manner.

According to the Global Web Index Flagship Report for 2019, internet users worldwide spend approximately 2 hours and 23 minutes each day on social media.

You can view statistics on phone time on-screen use using the digital monitoring tool developed by Google users, and Android users can set app time restrictions for more fruitful usage of social media.

Because time is one of our most valuable resources, you should be able to select the kind of activities you would want to engage in when on social media.

It is estimated that cutting out three 10-minute social media checks a day would allow you to read up to 30 more books in one year.

Furthermore, since digital networks consume the majority of our time, we would have more time to devote to the activities we really like. If you were to look at your daily routine, you would see that you spend a lot of time on social media rather than doing your tasks correctly. We would have more time to spend with our friends and family and our social life and recreational activities.

It is therefore important that we avoid being addicted to social media, take regular breaks from it, and use it wisely for our benefit not to waste our time.

Hussam Abdul Khaleq is Account Manager at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. |