“We became happier” – what happened when we changed our social media use for a week

Recently, the Global Awareness at EC Oxford English school class took on a challenge which Rob set them to adapt their social media use. Here’s what happened, the impact it had and how you could do the same!


The activity


What do you think if your EC Oxford teacher challenges you to reduce your social media use? Do you think it is difficult? We are writing this blog to share with you our experiences of this activity.

Last week some students decided to reduce their social media use for a week. For example, one student whose promise was to not use Facebook and Instagram.
During the week we realised that our goals weren’t as easy as we thought. At the end of the week, we noticed that we are slightly addicted to social media – more than we imagine.

However, this activity helps us to see our capability to change our habits in social media.


We became happier


Using less social media can affect your life in different ways. You will interact more with your surroundings. You will make new friends and improve your communication skills. It’s also better for your health because it keeps you safe from infra-red rays from your screen.
Instead of using social media, you can read newspapers in the language that you want to improve your skills. You can start some good habits such as reading books or doing outdoor activities.


What about you?


Do you think you spend too much time using social media? Are you addicted to social media? How much time do you waste on it?
It will be hard for you not to use it at all. But how about starting to use social media 1 hour per day less than usual?
This little change makes your life better.
You can spend more time with your family and friends.
Also, you can see the beautiful things that you haven’t seen before, like beautiful flowers, sky and your loved one’s smile.


How can I set myself a target? Set realistic goals!


This is a very basic point which is usually overlooked. It is almost impossible for anyone to change some parts of their life dramatically.
So, you must set your goal after you recognise your limits and routines.
In my case, first, I considered reducing the time which I used my phone to only 30 minutes. But I thought I couldn’t do that because I’m used to checking my phone all the time and checking my phone already has become a part of my routine.
So, I changed my goal from just ‘reducing the time using my phone’ to ‘not checking my phone when I’m talking to someone’. After setting this goal, I could have the courage to try without pressure.

And, it’s worked!


Short term is easier than long-term

When we set the target, we tend to set a long-term goal. For example, the limit is three months later or the end of the year. On the other hand, to set a short-term goal is much easier to achieve the target than long-term, because the near future is easy to plan for and imagine how we can manage to achieve the target.


Redesign your goal

As you know, achieving the target is not so easy. Because it’s kind of a new challenge. So, after you decided the target, like three days later, you can redesign it.
Therefore, when we’re trying to do that, most of the people realise that the target is too hard to achieve.
So, redesigning the target is important and one of the good ways to achieve the target.


Try it! You won’t regret it!


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