How to Limit Time Spent on Social Media

Social media has become a favorite pastime of many. For some it is a way to stay connected with those already in their life. For others is can be the way they go about making new friends and finding dates. No matter what your reason is for being on social media, you may find you are spending so much time on your social media accounts that it is negatively impacting your life.

If you are on your social media accounts so often that it is causing you to neglect other parts of your life, such as your real life social life, your schoolwork, your job, or anything else important to you, then you want to limit your time on your accounts. However, most people who spend a lot of time on social media can find it hard to stay away. Here are some ways you can go about limiting your time on social media.

Choose Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

You may find it much easier to limit the amount of time you spend on social media if you cut down on the platforms you are on. For example, if you are currently active on 7 different sites, you can cut down on your time on social media if you bring that number down to 3 or even 4. You can let people know ahead of time that you’ll be quitting certain platforms and let them know the ones you’ll still be active on. This gives them a chance to add you on those platforms so they can still stay connected to you.

Set Phone Alerts

Your phone can alert you with an alarm that can help you to limit your time on social media. You can set the alarm before you log in to your accounts and the alarm will go off at the time you set it for, or after so many minutes have passed. You can set the alarm once to be alerted to your total time on these sites, or you can set it individually, so you can spend a redetermined amount of time on each site.

Set Time Aside Each Day

If you find you are checking your social media throughout the day and spending a lot of time responding to people and posting updates, then you may do best by cutting out all of your sporadic usage. Instead, determine what time of the day you have where you aren’t doing anything else important, such as working or doing schoolwork. This is the time when you should allow yourself to log into your accounts. Also, give yourself an end time, so you don’t end up staying up later than you would like or ignoring other things you should be doing once that free time has passed.

Setting time aside for each app can ease the felling of missing out.

Turn Off your Notifications

Many social media platforms will send you notifications that let you know you have a message waiting, or that someone has posted a comment on a post you wrote. It can be difficult to resist the urge to check your notifications the first chance you get, even if you shouldn’t be doing so at that time. When you turn the notifications off, you can sit down at a more appropriate time and check them all at once.

Join a Limited Number of Groups

When you join countless groups on various social media platforms, you can get a lot of notifications regarding new posts or comments. If many of the groups you are in only slightly interest you, then you might be wasting your time by paying them attention you could be putting toward the groups that really interest you. This can leave you wasting more time than you want to on your different accounts.


Following the tips here can help you to stop spending an unnecessary amount of time on your social media accounts. The time you free up can be put toward better use. Not only can you find you become more efficient at your job, but you may even find that you are enjoying your real-life friendships more once you stop being so dependent on your online ones.