14 years ago, Facebook didn’t even exist. Now, it’s a huge part of our lives!  

The average person spends nearly two hours on social media everyday, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime, according to Social Media Today.  


Imagine what else you could be doing with that time – writing a novel, learning a new language, or doubling the size of your business, for example.

So if you’re beginning to feel like social media is TOO big a part of your life, then this video is for you.

Today we’re going to share 7 hacks for breaking yourself of your social media addiction so that you can reclaim this time for yourself (15 min):

In this video we’re going to give you a handful of tips (some easy, some not so much!) to help you beat your social media addiction:

  1. How turning off notifications from your devices will instantly save you time
  2. Why you should turn ON ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode and LEAVE it on 
  3. The many ways that LIMITING your interaction with your devices improves your performance
  4. How to set personal parameters for yourself on social media – and use apps (like Freedom, Self Control App, Win the Day, and Facebook News Feed Eradicator) to boost your self-discipline
  5. How to implement rules for social media for yourself (we love the apps Moment and Checky – which track the amount of time you spend on your phone in a day)
  6. Why the “Unfollow” option on sites like Facebook should be your new best friend
  7. A dramatic, effective option for those who feel like they desperately need to reclaim their time from social media!
  8. And a BONUS hack detailing why you should get rid of your phone all together! (I did it for 3 months, and it changed my life)

Post in the comments below, and share your own strategy for breaking your social media addiction! See you in the comments!

Additional Resources:

Cal Newport: TED Talk – Quit Social Media

Telegraph: 12 Signs You’re Addicted To Social Media

VICE: The Secret Ways Social Media Is Built for Addiction

The Guardian: ‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: The Tech Insiders Who Fear A Smartphone Dystopia

Thought Catalog: An Earnest Guide To Breaking Your Social Media Addiction

  • Kate Hurley

    This is great. Ironically, I tried to log in with facebook to comment, but my freedom app blocked it so i logged in with my disqus account 🙂 Couple other social media hacks I’ve found helpful: post pictures using the share function in your photo app versus going to the social media account or app – that way you don’t get hooked into looking at anything else but can still share what you’re up to. If you do away with your news feed (e.g. through a news feed blocking extension of unfollowing most everyone) one thing you can do is look at who has liked or commented on your posts, and then click on them to see their pages and what they’ve posted lately. That way you can stay somewhat engaged with your friend network without getting sucked into the feed.

    • Carey Bentley

      Love those two hacks Kate! xoxo

  • Breanna Jackson

    Great tips! Needed these reminders

    • Carey Bentley

      Thanks Breanna!