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How to curate your Twitter & Instagram feeds for healthier usage

Over the last few weeks especially, being connected online has become a bigger part of our lives than ever. Therefore making everything feel a little more heightened. With this said, we want to help you curate your social media feeds for healthier usage. 

If you find yourself seeing stuff online that makes you feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, stressed, or negative in any way, this can build up and start an unhealthy impact on your life.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the digital world, increased news updates, finding it unable to switch off, or find it difficult to find balance, you’re not alone. Here are some ways (per platform) to gain a healthier balance. 

Instagram:

Please exercise your right to unfollow/block anyone who may make you feel any of the above feelings. You don’t need them on your feed.

Set a daily Instagram use limit: The easiest way to practice healthier usage on Instagram is to set a daily use limit on your phone. You can set usage limits in two ways:

  1.  For Instagram on an iPhone by going to Settings → Screen Time → App Limits → Social Networking → Set Your Time Limit → Add, and you’re all set. 
  2. In the Instagram app by going to Setting → Your Activity →Set Daily Reminder. This will send you a reminder that you’ve reached the limit of time that you’ve set for Instagram.

Turn off all Instagram push notifications: If you’ve got an iPhone, go to Settings → Notifications → Instagram → and turn off the Allow Notifications.

Restrict users: When you restrict someone, their comments on your page will only be visible to them. They won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or if you’ve read a direct message from them.

Comment filter: Go to Settings, tap Privacy > Comments, tap next to Hide Offensive Comments to turn it on.

Muting: If you mute another account, you will still be following them, but you can decide when you want to view their content. Added plus, the account you’ve muted won’t know you’ve muted them. 

Twitter:

Like with Instagram you can unfollow/block people. Do it. 

Create a list: A List is a curated group of Twitter accounts. You can create your own Lists or subscribe to Lists created by others. Essentially viewing a List timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the accounts on that List. So make your happy list – a list of accounts that make you happy. Create lists with accounts that have similar interests to you. 

Muting: If you mute another account, you will still be following them, but you will not see their content. You can mute words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags.  This can be done by going to Settings and privacy → Muted words → Add

 

General tips:

  • Turn off your phone after a certain time of the day.
  • Try removing social media apps from your phone and limit to computer, laptop, or tablets.
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