Digital New Year’s Resolutions

By December 3, 2014 February 22nd, 2019 Just For Fun

As a kid, my dad would tell my siblings and me to make a list of resolutions for the next year.

The first few resolutions lists were probably filled with absurd goals like, “I will learn how to do a headstand or finally do a flip off the diving board in a pool.” As the years went on and I grew up, I dreaded making those resolutions list because I stopped believing in them. To me, a person should strive to become better 24/7 and not just by January 1st.

But when I saw Mashable’s “7 Social Media Resolutions for 2015,” I was inspired to make my own list of ways to improve your (digital) social life.

Take better care of your phone

Organize it differently throughout the year and delete those apps you never use. According to a report by Flurry, the average American person spends 162 minutes on their phone in one day. Why not switch it up? I recently organized my phone like this:

*OCD in me sighs in relief*

Don’t judge. The thumbs up emoji keeps me motivated.

Buy a screen protector for your phone. My favorite is a privacy screen cover. It blurs the image of your phone if you’re looking at it from any other angle but straight on. Therefore, the efforts of the creepers who glance over your shoulder in class or at the coffee shop are thwarted!

However, it’s not always necessary. But if it makes you feel safer when your phone is jiggling around in your pocket, at the beach, or in the rain– go for it.

Rid yourself of the “remind me tomorrow” button

I am guilty of clicking this almost every day. It seems that I’m always in a hurry and need something quickly from my computer.

Set aside time weekly from your workday to make the necessary updates.

Those updates are like vitamins for your computer, and on that note – you should probably take some vitamins, too.

Leave a book in bed, not your phone

A study done by the Lighting Research Center shows that, “a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 percent.”

Smartphones are designed to keep you mentally engaged. So if you think about it, that’s almost like drinking a cup of coffee or exercising and expecting your body to let you sleep just five minutes later.

It’s hard to not look at your phone before bed. Aim for trying to go to bed without your phone maybe just three days a week. If you must, there are some apps that help you sleep.

Plug your charger in across the room so you’re not tempted to set your phone on a bedside table. Even if you don’t like reading, buy a book full of quotes or life mantras and read through that before bed.

Turn your sound off more often

Not when you’re at work or away from your family/children, but turn your sound off at the dinner table, while watching a movie with friends, at your kid’s sports game or driving in the car with family.

There has got to be times when you unplug and can’t be reached.

CLEAN IT UP – literally and digitally

The fact of the matter is, your gadgets are disgustingly germ-filled. According to TheHealthSite.com, “tests showed that up to 10 times the amount of pathogens which cause nausea and stomach upsets were present on a mobile phone than a toilet seat.”

Imagine running your hands along a toilet seat every time you touch your phone.

Make it a priority to disinfect your phone, computer and other gadgets.

It’s time to sift through your Facebook friend list and unfriend those who are no longer in your life. Mute annoying Twitter accounts from your timeline. Delete those Tweets from two years ago that you would be embarrassed to be called out on today. We all know how easy it is to find out about stuff in people’s personal lives through social media. Therefore, clean it up to present yourself in the best possible light.

Two words: external hard drive

Computer crashes happen. Invest in an external hard drive and transfer your data. Keep up with it, too! I’m speaking from experience (had to get a whole new hard drive on my year old computer) and lost a lot of pictures and documents that I couldn’t get back.
It’s worth it.

Hope these help! If you do believe in incorporating other resolutions into your life, let us know what they are by tweeting at us @thesocialfirm!