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    How many of us spend our free time on social media?

    Do you find yourself becoming unproductive because of it?

    Today, we will unravel the ways in which social media can subtly control our minds and lifestyles. The journey begins by acknowledging that if we don't learn to use technology consciously, it can end up consuming us entirely. Step by step, we navigate through practical strategies to regain control and create a healthier relationship with social media. 

    These strategies guide us toward fostering more meaningful interactions, like detaching from devices during social gatherings, creating 'no technology' zones in our homes, and engaging in curious and vulnerable conversations with loved ones. We also learn the importance of transforming from passive consumers to active creators. 

    In this episode, you'll learn:

    • How addictive social media can be
    • How to develop a healthy screen time
    • How to spend your time more productively
    • How to make genuine connections in person

    Through these steps, we embark on a transformative journey towards mastering technology, ultimately reclaiming our presence and connection in the digital age.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jay Shetty

    What We Discuss:

    • 00:00 Intro
    • 01:14 How does social media control your mind and your life?
    • 06:57 If we don't learn how to use technology, it ends up consuming us 
    • 10:42 Step #1 On social media, people talk about themselves 80% of the time
    • 12:39 How can we shift into connecting with others on social media?
    • 15:51 Step #2: Do activities without your phone with your friends
    • 20:00 Step #3: Create a ‘no technology’ zone in your home
    • 23:14 Step #4: Have more curious, vulnerable conversations with people you love
    • 24:59 Step #5: Become a creator not a consumer
    • 26:45 Step #6: Having alternatives is easier than setting blocks

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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • We can't eliminate negative thoughts caused by social media, but we can change how we respond to them and use them as a chance to reflect on what truly makes us satisfied. Control social media, don't let it control you.
    • By consciously discussing positive news and topics, developing a healthy relationship with technology, and showing empathy towards ourselves, we can improve our interactions and wellbeing.
    • By connecting with and supporting others instead of focusing solely on ourselves, we can find inspiration in their success and create a positive mindset that amplifies our own opportunities.
    • Spending focused time with loved ones and breaking the habit of constant phone use can lead to greater satisfaction and happiness in our lives.
    • Limiting social media use and building deeper relationships can improve mental health and dispel the illusion of a perfect life on social media.
    • By actively creating and sharing content, seeking out accounts aligned with your passions, and using healthier alternatives to mindlessly scrolling, you can foster a healthier relationship with social media through discipline and conscious effort.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health and Self-esteem

    Social media has a significant impact on our mental health and self-esteem. It can make us feel unsatisfied with our lives and constantly compare ourselves to others. Additionally, social media addiction is a real issue, especially when it comes to consuming bad news. However, it's important to recognize that we cannot eliminate these negative thoughts completely, but we can change how we respond to them. Instead of getting discouraged by these thoughts, we should use them as an opportunity to reflect on what truly makes us satisfied and work towards achieving that. Ultimately, we need to take control of our social media usage and ensure it doesn't control us.

    Breaking the Cycle of Negative News and Gossip

    Our brains are wired to be attracted to bad news and negative conversations. However, we have the power to break this cycle by intentionally discussing positive news or topics. When we engage in negative gossip or discussions, we become more fearful of others talking negatively about us. Moreover, our interaction with technology, especially social media, can become addictive due to the release of dopamine in our brains. It is important to understand that social media addiction is not a weakness or a fault, as it is designed to be addictive. Instead of blaming ourselves, we should approach it with empathy and compassion. By developing a healthy relationship with technology, we can benefit from its advantages while avoiding excessive use. Additionally, studies show that people tend to talk about themselves around 30 to 40% of the time during in-person conversations.

    Shifting focus from self-obsession to supporting others and finding inspiration in their journeys.

    Social media has made us more self-obsessed. We spend majority of our time talking about ourselves and seeking validation from others. This self-focused mindset not only amplifies the positive feedback we receive but also magnifies the negative comments. However, we can shift our focus by connecting with others and genuinely supporting their joy. Instead of feeling envious or jealous, we should study and learn from those who are succeeding. We must also be aware of what triggers negative emotions and take steps to avoid them. It's important to remember that someone else's success does not diminish our own opportunities. There is unlimited abundance and no finite number of seats. Let's prioritize supporting others and finding inspiration in their journeys.

    Prioritizing quality time and creating distance from our phones for a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

    We should prioritize spending quality time with friends and loved ones without the constant distraction of our phones. Jay Shetty suggests creating a ritual of putting our phones away during social activities and holding each other accountable. It's important to break the habit of using our phones as a gap filler and instead be fully present in the moment. Although it may feel strange at first, creating distance between ourselves and our phones during these gaps will ultimately bring more peace and ease to our lives. Studies have shown that many people feel troubled, jealous, and even depressed if they don't have their phones with them. Engaging in activities that require our full presence, such as sports or outdoor adventures, can help break the addiction to our devices. Ultimately, it's about building a healthy relationship with our phones, neither completely rejecting nor becoming overly attached to them.

    Creating No Technology Zones for Better Mental Health

    Creating no technology zones and times in your home can have a positive impact on your mental health. By designating certain areas or periods as no phone areas, you can reduce your dependence on social media and experience lower levels of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. It's important to limit your social media use to focus on following things that make you happy and avoiding negative responses. Additionally, deeper relationships with others can help combat the fear of missing out (FOMO). By getting to know people on a deeper and more intimate level, you realize that everyone has their own struggles and challenges, dispelling the illusion of a perfect life on social media.

    Transforming Your Relationship with Social Media through Creation and Focus

    Becoming a creator, rather than a consumer, can transform your relationship with social media. By actively creating and sharing content, you spend less time mindlessly scrolling and consuming. This not only allows you to be more strategic and effective in your consumption, but it also helps you focus on what inspires and motivates you. Seek out accounts and content that align with your passions and interests. Additionally, having alternatives, such as podcasts, audiobooks, or books, can provide a healthier distraction and help redirect your attention. Instead of relying solely on blocking apps, find ways to make your chosen alternative the first choice when you feel the urge to mindlessly engage with social media. Ultimately, fostering a healthier relationship with social media requires discipline and conscious effort.

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