Before we can find healthy alternatives to social media, let’s take a look at the unhealthy reasons why we open social media all the time. Most of our screen time is driven by unpleasant emotions which we want to escape:
The healthiest alternative to opening social media is: deal with that emotion, instead of opening social media. That’s not that simple, so I created a new app one sec to help with that: one sec intervenes every time you open social media, forces you to take a deep breath, and then asks for your intention: why do you actually open that app?
You might be:
With one sec, you can experience how many times we actually open apps without actively thinking about it. The good thing is: the intervention brings back control. Only proceed to social media if you have a proper intention!
one sec actually suggests very concrete healthy alternatives, after the intervention is completed. This includes activities such as:
Here are some general tips that will all lead to a lower screen time long-term: because you are happier and livelier.
Social media usage increases the risk for mental problems. If you believe you’re at risk, don’t waste time and talk to a therapist.
The best moments are when I can completely dive into an activity and forget everything around me for multiple hours. This happens while coding, but there I am expected to perform exceptionally well which has also huge drawbacks. That’s why I started painting a couple of years ago: nobody expects me to be good at it, and I just do it for myself. It doesn’t matter at all what the outcome is, it’s all about doing it.
Afterwards, I feel energized and sustainable happiness. Find something like that for yourself: making music, photography, videography, writing, … it does not matter as long as you enjoy it!
Yes, you’ve probably heard it a lot already: but physical exercise is good for you. But it’s not a competition. Do it, because you feel better afterwards. Don’t run faster, longer, and further than what feels good – otherwise you will feel tired and exhausted. You’ll feel more energized and balanced long-term. And studies have shown that spending less time on social media leads to more physical exercise.
Everything described in this short blog post is built into one sec. And the best thing: you can use one sec for free with one app (e.g. Instagram). So you can see for yourself if it works for you!