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"How I took back charge of my social media"

From mid of 2018, I made a significant change in my approach towards social media. I started customising my social media settings with the tools made available by each platform and the smartphone I use.
As I kept experimenting with this approach, I cracked my way out of the echo chambers I created around topics that kept me fixated, unsettled, outraged or even angry. This new approach has significantly improved my work life, personal life and my life on social media itself.
The feeling that I had until about half a year ago that we are all being consumed by social media has faded away and I am glad to report that I now use social media to my advantages.
The biggest of all benefits is that I hardly feel outraged or pressurised to react to events that happen around me. This may sound underwhelming, but once you are out of your echo chambers, you'd realise what more you could do with your presence on and off the social media.
And here is what I mean by improving how you manage your presence on the social media:
1. Follow people who are great in the domains that you are interested in. They also guide you to the richer sources of knowledge. They rarely speak outside of their domain, and never pass opinions and judgements about the subjects they don't fully understand.
2. Unfollow people, including your friends and relatives, who continually spread misinformation, propaganda material or extreme opinions. These people usually appeal to the extreme sides of your emotions such as hate, violence, anger etc.
3. Avoid political content from appearing on your feeds as best as you can. If the content appreciating or criticising any or many politicians appear more than once each time you sign in, then its a signal for you to customise your feed...
...I rather read newspaper with anti-establishment flair, follow fact-checkers and fake news busters, and study select few Op-Ed columns.
4. Avoid responding to or writing impulsive posts about politics, violence or a disaster. This makes you vulnerable to spreading rumours and exposes you to trolling. Social media debates can only deepen the chasm between people with opposing views...
...Face-to-face conversations are more civil and meaningful, mostly.
5. Analyse the kind of videos the social media platforms are recommending to you. This is an easy indicator to know whether your objective to be on social media is matching your actions.
6. Turn off all types of notifications for your social media apps in your smartphone. This may sound drastic at first, but very easy to get acclimatised with, once implemented...
...Always remember that there is nothing so urgent happening on social media that requires you to leave what your are doing now. I repeat, Never.

Hope this helps.
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