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  • Turn Off Notifications: Companies use the color red intentionally for notifications, as it is a trigger color. It instantly calls for our attention but we can reclaim our time by turning our notifications off. Manage your screen time as well, and track your social media usage in order to regain self-control.
  • Remove Toxic Apps: Apps that profit off of “addiction, distraction, outrage, polarization, and misinformation” are considered “toxic,” and removing them can help you take control of your time and the information you receive. Here are some alternative apps recommended by Tristan Harris:
  • Download Helpful Tools: In a world filled with fast-moving technology, and data, one’s peace of mind is often disturbed. Although the issue of technology cannot be solved with technology, here are some helpful tools:
  • “Eliminate Outrage from Your Diet”: Be mindful of what you agree and disagree with, and think before you post or comment. “We vote with our clicks. Don’t support sites that pollute our cultural environment with vitriol via clickbait and outrage.”
  • Follow Voices You Disagree With: Social media delivers to us the content we agree with in order to keep us online for longer, “eroding our ability to engage with people who don’t share our views. To solve problems from poverty to racism to climate change, we have to come together and expose ourselves to different perspectives.” Here’s a helpful tool to expose yourself to different perspectives:
  • Be Compassionate: The more engagement, the more profit for social media. Nothing creates engagement like hate and anger, so let’s fight back with kindness!
  • Set Boundaries: When I wake up, the first thing I check is my phone, just like many of us around the world. “We use our phones and news feeds from the moment we wake up, to falling asleep, and even in the bathroom.”
  • Fully Disconnect 1 Day Per Week: This one might just be the most difficult task but once a week, refrain from checking your social media accounts. “Disconnecting can be a powerful way to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. It’s not only good for you — collectively we can reduce time spent on social media platforms by 15%, impacting bottom lines.”
  • Focus On The Positive: We’ve heard this everywhere, “Focus on the positive,” “negativity can be contagious”, etc. “If you receive 99 positive comments on a post and 1 negative comment, which do you focus on? Our survival-biased brains tend to focus on the negative, even after we turn away from our tech.”
  • Support Local Journalism: When it comes to social media, we are the products, not the other way around. “Don’t force your local newspaper to play social media’s clickbait game. Support your local newspaper directly by paying for a subscription so that we can remain the customer, not the product. Democracy doesn’t work without healthy journalism.”

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