Mindless Social Media: The Experiment

How much social media do you actually do?

Ever notice how many people are mindlessly staring at their phones? In the restaurant, at the office, even while driving! If you haven’t noticed, it’s probably because you are one of those people.

Mindless Social Media

But you don’t mean to be, it just happens.

Think about it: We have a device that’s more powerful than the computer that sent a man to the moon in 1969…

…and it fits in our pocket. Crazy.

But despite the benefits that our phones have, they also have several drawbacks.

And if we aren’t careful of how we use them, they can consume us and pull us away from our goals in life.

The two big perpetrators that pull us away are:

  1. Email
  2. Social Media

For the purpose of staying on point, I’m going to ignore email and classify it as a tool used for a specific functionality.

Most people have email on their phones as a way of communicating for work, and thus it serves a purpose.

Social media, however, is a whole different ball game.

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Recently I’ve noticed myself spending (but really wasting) more time on social media.

So, I decided to see how much time per day I was actually spending on these silly websites.

Now, the average person has five social media accounts and spends around 1 hour and 16 minutes browsing these networks every day. That breaks down to:

Average Social Media Time

That’s more than 30 hours a month or one extra week of work!

Starting out, my guess was that I was on social media about 45 minutes per day.

For my experiment, I decided to use two applications: RescueTime for my desktop and Moment for my iPhone.

I didn’t change any of my behaviors, just simply tracked every day.

The results were crazy!

I was on social media for almost 80 minutes per day.

Over double what I thought I was. Holy cow was that an eye opener for me!

I guess they are right when they say that the truth will set you free…

So, now that I’m done with my challenge – I want to now challenge you.

My mission for you, if you choose it, is to track all of your social media for an entire week.

All you have to do is download the same apps and just keep track. Pretty simple.

…now would be the time when I would say let’s get a Facebook group together so we can all track it together…but that would defeat the point.

So…in order to take the challenge, make your pledge here:

When you accept this challenge, you’ll get some best practices and resources on how to track successfully – then I’ll also follow-up at the end of the week with some tips and tools I’ve used to manage my social media.

I’m looking forward to seeing your results, I bet you’ll be just as surprised as I was.

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