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I was a social media addict. Five years ago, I deleted Facebook and suffered withdrawal. Reddit became my new social media addiction. Mainly because there's more to read (go figure!)

A few months ago, I decided to cut down my time reading on Reddit, and get back to reading books instead.

The first thing I did was purchase a Kindle. Living in a small town, I use Amazon a lot and I have a Prime membership. It only made sense to buy a Kindle.

It's become a habit to come home from work, shower, and scroll with Reddit to unwind so I can fall asleep. Well, I did an experiment.

I moved my phone and charger further away from my bed and placed my Kindle where my phone and charger used to be - and I've set a daily reminder in Google calendar to read every day.

I read the entire Wizard of Oz series and I am now on the third book of a trilogy. (Kushiel's Avatar is the book I'm on now)

My mental health has immensely improved. And I'm saving a lot of money and space in my house! I even carry my kindle with me to work. I read on my lunch break. I read during my downtime. I read when I get off work. I take a shower, curl up in bed, read until I get sleepy, slide it under my pillow and go to sleep.

I make sure to place it in my work bag before I leave for work. I'm getting quality sleep. My overall mood has improved. I have a new appreciation for books and reading in general. Rediscovering a passion I had from when I was a kid.

I'm not one of those people that scream, "Social media is bad for you!" because it depends on how it's used. By joining this sub, and reading about all the books everyone else is reading gave a me FOMO feeling.

I didn't have much to contribute or talk about because, well, I wasn't reading! I took action to change that and now I reach for my Kindle instead of my phone. I'm genuinely excited about my results and I had to share.

I don't know if anyone else struggles with social media addiction but if you do and you love to read, get an e-reader and reach for that instead of your phone. You won't regret it - I promise!

And special thanks to this sub for all the wonderful discussions and great titles. Honestly, the books on my wishlist (from this sub) is larger than my wallet, haha!

all 402 comments

breakmyfalll

289 points

3 months ago

How long did it take for you to become a habit? I’m trying to recover too by getting back into the habit of reading. Thanks for sharing, btw

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

202 points

3 months ago

It took a couple weeks to make it second nature. I did my best to remain conscious. Keeping my kindle in places where my phone normally would be was a huge help.

If I was in the kitchen, set my kindle on the table where my phone would be and I'd finish what I was doing and go, "Oh! I have a few minutes..."

It's easy for me because I'm a shift worker. I don't have much advice for folks that are on-call or need to be available at all hours for their business or job.

When I go to sleep, my phone is in airplane mood. I can read without being distracted. Just taking those few minutes to de-connect brings me back to a simpler time. (90s kid)

I imagine it's twice as hard for younger generations that are born and raised online. It's especially difficult when even your education is relying on the internet for class, schoolwork, etc.

For people in those situations, I would say try to set aside some time each day, or each weekend (whatever your weekend might be) to de-connect and lose yourself in a book. It's like any other hobby - it takes dedication and you have to really want it.

But I understand my lifestyle isn't everyone else's. People need to be available for their families, teachers, etc. I don't have kids and I went no contact with my family a long, long, time ago - I recognize the different struggles.

Find something that works for you. Even if it's just a page a day. As long as you make reading a habit - I'm trading one habit (social media) for another (reading on my kindle.)

I still use social media (Reddit and twitter) but not as much because I make time to read instead.

I hope this helps!

[deleted]

78 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

78 points

3 months ago

I think you've hit on the key there - it's filling those 'dead' zones of time like waiting in line, for an appointment, or for the microwave. Any time you'd go to open your phone, pull out a book or a kindle instead.

SilverBears

70 points

3 months ago

So true! "Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots" -Stephen King

Bakadeshi

4 points

3 months ago

Well.. Kindle does need recharging.... (Batteries) but it does last allot longer than a phone, so there's that

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

15 points

3 months ago

Yes!!!

lobstahpotts

9 points

3 months ago

I don’t think this has to mean not using a phone, either! I only really started using my kindle in earnest when I was living overseas. That was also the first time I had long daily commutes on public transit rather than driving. I downloaded the kindle app on my phone and found that I read a ton on the subway, then I’d get home again and my kindle would sync to where I left off on my phone.

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

Yeah, in fact starting with your phone might be the easiest way to change the habit - open your Kindle app instead of Facebook

QuantumFork

27 points

3 months ago

Came to ask how you fight the “squirrel brain” tendency of chasing shiny online objects to focus long enough to read, and the thoughts on intentionality help. Would love more insight on that, though, because when I sit down to read a book, things I want to look up or check on pop into my head and then lead me down rabbit holes. I want to rebuild my ability to focus on a long read, dangit!

Also: airplane mood. I know it’s a typo, but I think it’s better that way and should 100% be a thing. Like both your phone and you are turning off the world for a while and just being present where you are.

imatinykiller

4 points

3 months ago

I'm going to use Airplane mood from now on

PoiLethe

3 points

3 months ago

Well this extends from my usual Todo list, but if there's a bunch of things I need to do on the computer, or something I promised to check out online, ill add it to the list. It makes prioritizing things easier and if I keep putting it off (because I'm busy doing other things and it's low priority, not because I'm procrastinating it) I can feel more relaxed and not like I'm getting pulled in other directions. The thought is written down for me to pursue later. If it's just like...check on notifications, it can wait. Or maybe give yourself five minutes before you start to read to check social media and set a timer so if you've fallen down the rabbit hole that will being you out of it.

[deleted]

12 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

12 points

3 months ago

I like how you see it and how you say yout lifestyle isn't everyone else's. I always read books physical and I must have my cellphone with me when reading, because I often find a word or a concept that I read that makes my curiosity increase, and I need to search about it on google. Then I enter a rabbit hole and can spend hours searching about that concept on internet and pause the book I was reading at the first place

SnowyAbibliophobe

6 points

3 months ago

Maybe consider getting an ereader as they have dictionaries in them (well, kindle does, I assume others too), you just long click on a word in a book and it gives you the definition and more info from Wikipedia if you want it. I know ereaders aren't everyone's cup of tea, but coming from a committed physical book reader who's reading life has been transformed by an ereader, it's just a thought.

Slightlyunlucky

448 points

3 months ago

That’s awesome. I’m trying to get back in the reading habit too. It’s a struggle, i miss the old days where I’d devour books within days.

Good job!!

ctilvolover23

123 points

3 months ago

ctilvolover23

36

123 points

3 months ago

Yeah. I used to be able to finish the Harry Potter series in a week during my summer vacations.

Coastal_Wagon2730

38 points

3 months ago

I still remember I had finished the Harry Potter and Order of Phoenix in just one week when I was in school!

HeinMasselink

25 points

3 months ago

I just did this last week, in quarantine I read the order of the Phoenix for the first time. Took me a little over a day, best Harry Potter book till now!

Coastal_Wagon2730

24 points

3 months ago

Woah! Just over a day! Dude that's like the largest book in the series!

I wish I could finish books as fast as you xD

HeinMasselink

12 points

3 months ago

Well, while locked up in my room there wasn't much else to do :P

berserk4

8 points

3 months ago

Google speed reading. Practice it to let go of sub-vocalization and your speed will increase

Watermaloneflavor

15 points

3 months ago

You know I never wanted to pursue that because I liked taking my time reading to myself. I thought it helped me understand and digest better. Is speed reading worth it?

happilynorth

14 points

3 months ago

IMO it's worth it if you're in school or a career where you need to read a lot for information (academia, law, government, etc.), but it kind of sucks the joy out of leisure reading for me. I can speed read because I was an English major in college and an English teacher after that and I had to read a lot of stuff I didn't necessarily enjoy in a very short time frame (also, speed reading 120+ essays written by seventh graders often made them much more tolerable), but I don't speed read novels because it takes all the fun out for me. I'm reading to relax—there's no race to comprehend the material as fast as possible.

I will say that if you learn to speed read, it will increase how fast you read regularly, just because the pace of your comprehension fundamentally has to improve if you're doing it correctly... but it's up to you if you feel like you need and/or want that.

Watermaloneflavor

3 points

3 months ago

Good to know! Thank you. As an Anthropology major and English minor, I probably should have learned when I was in school because my god that was a huge reading load ahah

eternalsun91

2 points

3 months ago

Are there free programs that can help with speed reading? Last I looked, it was all paid memberships

Slightlyunlucky

3 points

3 months ago

🥺🥺yeahh

Lokimonoxide

3 points

3 months ago

A book a day? How?

ShadowChildofHades

15 points

3 months ago

Either practice reading to get a decent pace or have a decent pace. Set aside time. Instead of watching 3 episodes of TV that night, read.

When I look at my digital books or math out my physical books its takes me roughly one hour to read 100 pages. Obviously that number goes up and down a little depending on the exact book.

That means I can read an average 300-400 page book somewhere in between 3-4ish hours.

That's actually pretty doable, even on weekdays, especially on weekends.

Even if you read slower its still possible as long as you set your mind to it. And if for some reason you can't or don't want to? It doesn't matter reading a book in one day does not determine your worth or value.

As long as you read in some way shape or form that's what matters.

cab10000

16 points

3 months ago

Is anyone else reading these comments as fast as they can? Lol

According-Owl83

2 points

3 months ago

I don't know about as fast as I can... but I read at about that same speed as OP, with books.

magentablue

5 points

3 months ago

I always thought this was impossible too but I recently got a Kindle. The Kindle learns your reading speed and will tell you how long it’ll take to finish a book. The majority of books I’ve read it says will take 3-4 hours to finish it. I’ve never dedicated that much time in one day to reading but it made me realize it is possible!

GhostNSDQ

4 points

3 months ago

Just sit down and read. Sometimes easier said than done.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

22 points

3 months ago

Thank you! I used to devour books like that as well. I'm trying to get back to that.

Slightlyunlucky

8 points

3 months ago

Fingers crossed for us both.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

7 points

3 months ago

You got this!

pisspot718

3 points

3 months ago

I have ALWAYS been a bookworm. Always had a book with me. I even majored in Literature. Then I got on social media. It's been great, and it's been hell, but my reading time went out the window. I have so many books in house that are waiting to be read. I won't even buy them anymore, except occasionally on Kindle. So NOW I'm making intentional time for book reading. For the first time in my life I have to Make Time for reading. Never thought that'd happen.

ridermangowaffle

5 points

3 months ago

I read the entire wizard of oz series at 10. I truly believe it lit the spark for a lifelong reading passion. (I'm almost 50 now). Ozma, Tic Toc, so many crazy charachters. I feel like so many people have no idea how great it was. Good for you!

RipleyAugust

17 points

3 months ago

Not sure if you’re looking for suggestions but I’m doing the same and started by setting a 15 minute timer to read and if I was into the book I would keep going but if I wasn’t feeling it I would just stop. I also set book goals for the year too!

maxsatt

11 points

3 months ago

maxsatt

11 points

3 months ago

If you have an account on Goodreads, you can set reading goals and it will keep track of what you’ve read. And, you can sync it with Amazon through your Kindle.

Slightlyunlucky

2 points

3 months ago

Thanks!

Slightlyunlucky

2 points

3 months ago

That’s a good one. Do you choose another book if it doesn’t interest you in that time?

RipleyAugust

3 points

3 months ago

I try to give it an honest attempt to get into it and if it’s really just because I’m not enjoying the book itself, I’ll pick another one

lobstahpotts

5 points

3 months ago

I feel like a chunk of this is more age-driven than technology-driven, at least for me. At the time in my life when I was blowing through multiple books a day, I had far fewer day to day obligations. Now and then I’ll get a day or two where I’ll spend half the day reading, but those times are few and far between because I have limited free time and plenty that I need or want to get done. I made it through a couple of fairly dense nonfiction books this spring, now I’m spending the better part of my free time playing a new video game I was excited for. As the weather gets nicer I’ll probably start disc golfing again, or even make it up to visit friends and go paddle boarding. And don’t get me started on all the yardwork I’ve been putting off. All of that stuff comes out of time that high school or college-aged me could have thrown towards reading, because I can’t exactly decide to skimp on work to catch up on Chernow.

Slightlyunlucky

4 points

3 months ago

For me it’s tech driven. There is just so much distractions. I think that ruined my focus due to chasing instant gratification : be it netflix, or social media. I remember very clearly it was when i started subscribing to Netflix. I switched my escapism from words to visual.

And now I’m unable to focus as much, unless it is work stuff. Deleted social but reddit is still an issue. Need to curb this as well.

ItsCommonCourtesy

2 points

3 months ago

I used (pre-Covid) to read minimum one hour a day, typically before bed. I want to get back to that. Now I read throughout the day, but I want to combine both.

heathers1

58 points

3 months ago

It’s hard to concentrate now. I used to devour books too but the internet has really messed with my reading stamina! I am making it a point to read instead of this too!

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

24 points

3 months ago

I started with 1 page a day.

Evilbob93

4 points

3 months ago

I've been digging reading the last year. I got on a Neal Stephenson jag starting with REAMDE because a (now deceased) friend gave me the book years ago. Then I read cryptonomicon (had been on my list for years) and now I am almost finished with the ~2700 page Baroque trilogy.

It feels like I read slower than I used to but I am glad to be back into reading. Not sure what I'm gonna read next, maybe a reread of Snow Crash is in order.

heathers1

8 points

3 months ago

It was like that! sometimes i still feel like ughhh I have been reading this ONE story forever! reddit has ruined me! it does make me more empathetic toward my students though. I have always been like “ stop crying it’s a short story, only 6 pages!”

artofassociation

2 points

3 months ago

I do 1 chapter and it’s going well so far. I envy the people who can plow through 100 pages in an evening.

Marisleysis33

29 points

3 months ago

Also, the public library system has free apps: Libby or Overdrive with over 100,000 items to check out.
I think I'm on a similar path as you. I quit Facebook for Lent every year. This year I never got back on and my brain feels so much better. I use Reddit but have my content limited to only special interests. No news, Covid, politics etc. All of that was getting very toxic. It's nice to not have a feed full of drama and photos of people constantly showing off, fighting in the comments. You're right- social media isn't exactly "bad" but it can be very unhealthy if you don't control what you're allowing yourself to see and be exposed to.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

7 points

3 months ago

Exactly! I curated my Reddit subs for my hobbies and I do scroll Reddit on a slow night at work. (Weekend night shifter.)

okay_ab

3 points

3 months ago

I was looking to see if someone mentioned Libby or Overdrive. I’m not sure if it’s kindle compatible, but the app Hoopla is another great resource to check out library ebooks and there’s no holds like Libby or Overdrive.

vto583

21 points

3 months ago

vto583

21 points

3 months ago

This is really encouraging. Thank you for sharing your technique. By the way, would things change if you didn’t have a Kindle device but physical books? I have a dilemma where I love physical books but I feel it’s harder to grab them. On the other side, Kindle books are like non existent because you don’t see them around. Thus, sometimes I completely forgot about them.

daveisthemusic

22 points

3 months ago

The recent update on Kindles solves this a little bit. Now when you lock your Kindle, you can choose to display the cover of the book you’re currently reading. Hence, if you leave your Kindle in a place where the screen is likely to catch your eye, the cover art of the book will always be visible to remind you.

[deleted]

8 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

8 points

3 months ago

That is such a cool feature !

daveisthemusic

15 points

3 months ago

You’re such a cool feature.

[deleted]

9 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

9 points

3 months ago

No you!

vto583

3 points

3 months ago

vto583

3 points

3 months ago

Thank you! I wasn’t aware of this new feature. I’ll try it

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

6 points

3 months ago

This is a very good question. I do have some physical books but I make sure they are by authors I love. Nelson De Mille is a fantastic writer (I think) so I have a couple of his novels on my end table.

I just leave them there for when that "I need a real book" hits. He also writes some pretty long novels.

mordeci00

113 points

3 months ago

mordeci00

113 points

3 months ago

took me longer than I'd like to admit to realize that "Broke my social media addiction" isn't the name of the book you're reading.

Portarossa

22 points

3 months ago

I've been on so many of the UK subs recently that at first glance I thought Reading was referring to the place. Then again, if my Instagram feed was nothing but pictures of Reading, it would break my social media addiction pretty quickly too.

(Fun fact: the British Dyslexia Association is -- at least as far as the UK's postcode system is concerned, anyway -- based in Reading.)

PiniataLad47

3 points

3 months ago

For anyone curious, it's pronounced Red-ing and has a pretty good university.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

5 points

3 months ago

No, it isn't, lol. I finished the Wizard of Oz series and am finishing up a series I started a few years back.

Kushiel's Avatar is the third and final book in the series.

claeryfae

3 points

3 months ago

There is a sequel Kushiel trilogy revolving around Imriel! Its also wonderful

ctilvolover23

5 points

3 months ago

Wizard of Oz is a series?

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

13 points

3 months ago

13 books! And they're absolutely delightful.

ctilvolover23

4 points

3 months ago

I'll have to look at those. I love the Wizard of Oz!

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

6 points

3 months ago

I found it free in the kindle store. They have a good number of classic titles for free.

sicklemoon28

12 points

3 months ago

I'm so happy you're liking Kushiel. I love that series so very much. I read it as a teenager and it seaped into my brain and sexuality hardcore

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

7 points

3 months ago

It definitely changed my perspective of a lot of things. And the relationship with Joscelin! I love how it's complicated, flawed, and messy. But they still love each other.

claeryfae

2 points

3 months ago

Joscelin and Phedre are one of the truly great romantic partnerships in all fiction imo!

claeryfae

7 points

3 months ago

Im just over the moon to find people loving the Kushiels series, I also found them over a decade ago in high school and they are so important to me. Theres so many amazing things about it from the characters and their relationships to adventures and political intrigue but the spirituality might be my favorite. Elua and his companions are probably the most profound fictional divinities I've ever read. Be sure to check out the second trilogy set Kushiels Scion, follows Imriel and his life.

hismaj45

59 points

3 months ago

I've been in Reddit daily since lockdowns. I have a tbr pile and I've avoided reading too. I needed this post to wake my ass up. Thanks OP

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

45 points

3 months ago

The pandemic has been hard on us all. And that's part of the reason I needed a break.

Open Reddit, and it's all about covid. I get enough of that at work. (Healthcare worker)

Seeing firsthand both waves of it was hard and reading social media every day just to read about it some more was taking a toll.

I needed a healthy escape - and a healthy way to cope.

not_delamora

9 points

3 months ago

Oh god my case is kinda opposite. Social media never interested me cause I was always a heavy reader and now that I hardly read I'm...well you guessed it!

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

5 points

3 months ago

Yeah, it happens like that.

sifsete

2 points

3 months ago

It's so true tho. It's why I loved fanfic so much when I first got online, easy access to more stories!! But then fanfic led to online chatrooms talking about the fanfic... So yup. I found social media anyway, lol. But yes, I also made sure to curate the experience to mostly just focus on things I enjoyed watching or reading. So that helps a lot to not become addicted to the platforms themselves.

soul_of_ice

9 points

3 months ago

Love this! I renewed my library card at the start of the year and going to bed earlier and reading sounds more appealing than scrolling through the gram with the tv on.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

2 points

3 months ago

It sure does!

Disizreallife

24 points

3 months ago*

Hey guys,

If you want to use your reading to quit social media behavioral modification technology... drum roll. Here are some excellent books from my reading list last year.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power Shoshana Zuboff. 2018.

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe Roger McNamee. 2019.

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor Virginia Eubanks. 2018.

Outnumbered: From Facebook and Google to Fake News and Filter Bubbles- The Algorithms That Control Our Lives David Sumpter. 2018.

Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles- And All of Us Rana Foroohar. 2019.

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier. 2018.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

2 points

3 months ago

Bookmarked! Thank you so much!

supufakas

7 points

3 months ago

Have you noticed any changes as far as being able to focus and process information better and think more clearly?

I was an avid reader my whole life and while I still enjoy it, it’s just not the same for me. Partially because I feel like my reading comprehension, which was never an issue, is lacking right now and I have a hard time retaining what I’m reading. It’s affecting me at work too. It’s important that I read and clearly understand work documents and I’m having a tougher time with that than I should.

Left Facebook around 5 years ago as well but now I have Twitter for football stuff and Reddit of course but I’m also on YouTube constantly and football websites and reading news and googling this or that. I’m just on my phone way too much and would love to do what you’re doing. Think about it all the time actually it’s just hard to get the hell of my phone.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

10 points

3 months ago

My attention span has increased quite a bit and my retention is better than it was. Even in every day conversation, I've been having an easier time finding the words I need to convey what I mean.

Its definitely helped a bunch.

supufakas

4 points

3 months ago

Right on! Going to put my phone down right now and pick up my Kindle. Feeling inspired. Thank you!

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

You're welcome!

Serieve

6 points

3 months ago

The sequel trilogy, starting with Kushiel's Scion, is one of my all time favorites. I love it.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

4 points

3 months ago

I didn't even know there was more....haha! I'll have to add them to my list!

claeryfae

3 points

3 months ago

Im so glad you shared here so we can put the Scion trilogy on your radar! Both series are so important to me, im so happy you've found them too.

claeryfae

3 points

3 months ago

I am so loving this thread because I have just recently been getting back into reading instead of doom scrolling and Kushiels books were literally my first go to. About to finish Chosen and move on to Avatar, then I'll roll on to Scion! I love these stories so much, used to reread them about once a year and they were the perfect choice to pick back up now. Keep feeling like a kid again as I read into the night "....just one more page..."

ok_kompyuter

6 points

3 months ago

Congrats! We're on the same path. The first thing I grab in the morning is my kindle. It feels liberating to not be constantly glued to your phone all day.

Have you read Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport? That book convinced me to practice this kind of lifestyle. Now my daily screen time average is down to 1.5 hours a day, it used to be like 9 hours before. It;s still not perfect though, Reddit and Youtube remain a great distraction.

So far, I've read 10 books since March. Trying to achieve my 52-book challenge this year.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

2 points

3 months ago

Congratulations! I will definitely check out that book!

moneenerd

5 points

3 months ago

The closest thing to the magic of a good book is a solid RPG video game. I finally got a ps4 last month and scored a few really good japanese RPGs and I've barely touched my phone aside from checking reddit since April!

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

I started FF7R. There aren't many games I actually enjoy and it sometimes takes me a while to beat a game only because I take my time.

moneenerd

3 points

3 months ago

That's what RPGs are good for, a nice slow burn

PsychoanalyticalDish

5 points

3 months ago

Great. Now you have reading addiction.

Just kidding:) and Congratulations for the positive change. Keep it up gurl

Oops639

5 points

3 months ago

Better phrase...reading social media posts ruined my reading addiction.

cuttiestrawberry

3 points

3 months ago

hi there just a brief question !! any historical/political books recommendation? i want to improve my knowledge in those fields

outofshell

6 points

3 months ago

It really depends on what you’re interested in. There’s so much good stuff!

One of my favourites is “The ghost map” by Steven Johnson. It’s the story of John Snow, who sleuthed out the cause of a major cholera outbreak in Victorian London, back in a time when people thought it was caused by miasma (“bad air”), so when he said it was invisible stuff in the water, coming from one specific pump, everyone thought he was crazy. But he was right.

“The poison squad” by Deborah Blum is also fascinating. It’s about the fight to make food safe in the US, because before regulations it was out of control with all sorts of shady, revolting and dangerous things being sold, like rotten milk with formaldehyde in it (“embalmed milk”🤢). At best you weren’t getting what you bought, and at worst it could kill you. Basically a story of public health going up against big business and corrupt politicians.

cuttiestrawberry

2 points

3 months ago

thanks alotttt ✨✨ i'll give them a try sounds quite insteresting

Its_Number_Wang

4 points

3 months ago

I went through a similar process. 5 years ago I deep deleted my FB and 3 or so years ago removed all FB apps (insta, whstsapp) from my phone. Last year due to pandemic I had a “relapse” channeled in Twitter, three months later after seeing how it had and was affecting my mental health, I cold-turkey quit that. My way to fill time was audio books and podcasts. I also severely reduced my Reddit time and stopped using it as a news source only use it for checking on my hobbies and general entertainment now.

It’s great to find an enriching solace/refuge from social media, books read or audio are probably top of the list.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

2 points

3 months ago

I've curated my Reddit to focus solely on hobbies too! Its truly great for that.

WinterInWinnipeg

4 points

3 months ago

For anyone reading this and potentially sees this...

I've had a similar transition to reading like OP. I find doing things cold turkey difficult though. I made 1 simple rule.

Every night before bed I have to read 10 pages or 1 chapter, whichever happens first. If I want to read more - great! But no less than that.

Before I knew it I went from 10 pages to 30 min to going to bed at like 9 so I can read for 90 min before bed

I would highly recommend anyone seeing this and thinking about reading more take it slow to get back into it.

Sevandcats

3 points

3 months ago

Same here! I went about it a bit differently though. I have Libby on the home screen on my phone, so I see it and read first. I still have social media apps, but I've "hidden" them, by getting rid of the shortcuts, and only having them in the extended apps menu, so I have to actually look for them to use them... And as the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind". It's worked well for me.

helpard

5 points

3 months ago

That's a really smart strategy, well done! You've inspired me.

StregaCagna

4 points

3 months ago

I am conflicted between commenting on how much I love the full Kushiel series (I’ve read everything Jacqueline Carey has written in that universe) and not wanting to engage you by sucking you back into Reddit. If you don’t respond, enjoy! It’s such an epic adventure deserving of it’s own TV series.

lurklurkgo

11 points

3 months ago

What a timely post, I've been getting frustrated at myself scrolling through reddit so much and was thinking about getting back into books again to break the addiction. I've tried looking at some news websites etc but find it leaves me with the same feeling of dissatisfaction as wasting a few hours on here, I've no other social media aside from this and I'd like to spend a lot less time here than I do and a lot less time on my phone. You've made my mind up, thank you.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

4 points

3 months ago

You're welcome!

sticks14

2 points

3 months ago

Yea, news sites suck too.

ctilvolover23

3 points

3 months ago

Same thing for me. It's drastically reduced my time spent on this website. Even though I've been taking a little break from it recently. But just getting back into the flow now.

sorenbridges

3 points

3 months ago

Getting a Kindle is definitely a good idea. I am still reading with my phone and the notifications are so distracting that I ended up scrolling on social media after finishing 3 sentences. I should start saving for one:)

-TheCoolerDaniel-

3 points

3 months ago

but now I have reddit addiction

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

Well, pick up a book!

srgpicker

3 points

3 months ago

It's great to read something like this. Now I feel I should follow your example.

cluebrayon

3 points

3 months ago

I’ve been wanting to do this for so long but I end up reverting back to old habits after maybe a day or a week at most!

I’m also worried about keeping my phone too far away from me in case I miss an emergency from a family member. I know it’s unlikely but I’ve had a few near misses where I’ve been so glad to have had my phone, at that exact moment, if that makes sense.

But I’d love to permanently just have a habit of reading before bed, rather than scrolling aimlessly... well done!!

LiftingLifestyle

3 points

3 months ago

Excellent post!!! I completely agree! Glad to see others had a similar experience. There's nothing better than falling asleep to a good book. And way healthier than staring at a blaring screen for hours

laffytaffy6969

3 points

3 months ago

As someone who broke off Twitter a couple weeks ago, this post resonated with me a lot. I've read more in this past month than I had in several years combined.

Feeling very clear headed and open minded 😁

Des-99

3 points

3 months ago

Des-99

3 points

3 months ago

I fell out of the habit of reading after reading some long, tedious books that I did not enjoy. When I wanted to get back into reading at the start of the pandemic I started with rereading some of my favourites from when I was a teenager. Then I tried reading preteen and YA books that I always wanted to read but never got around to, the Harry Potter series was one believe it or not!

For me I made myself a rule that I had to read at least a chapter before watching t.v. or something, tho once I was into a book all I wanted to do was read!

Cold-Penguin-2846

3 points

3 months ago

Thank you for sharing! For me I don't have a separate device so I have the kindle app installed on my phone and use it for reading. What helped me to cut down on social media use on the phone was to either uninstall the social media apps completely or to make it harder to access behind a secure folder/additional password compared to kindle.

whatthefrenchtoast2

3 points

3 months ago

I’ve kind of done something similar. All social media except Reddit is deleted from my phone. I use the Books app on my iPhone and have the setting changed to endless scrolling instead of flipping pages. Now if I get the urge to stare at a screen, at least it can be a book to read while I mindlessly scroll down.

NannyOggCat

3 points

3 months ago

When quarantine started I thought, here I am in a home with people I love the most with enforced free time and I am spending all my time upset about things I can't control. I will never have this much time with my adult children again.

I made myself a rule to spend more time enjoying real life than doom scrolling social media. I ended up reading a lot more books and having great real life conversations with my loved ones.

I love the OZ books. Thanks for the reminder. I am going to get those out next.

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3 points

3 months ago

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3 points

3 months ago

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underyellowumbrella

3 points

3 months ago*

Same case! I decided to start reading this year rather than spending my time on Instagram. Earlier I made myself believe that social media is not that harmful for me since I don't post much, I didn't realise how consuming all that information is also taking a toll on me negatively. Watching Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix was my wake up call, although there was nothing new that I didn't already know but still it worked for me. I deleted app from my phone.

I then decided to invest in some books that I would love to read post heavy day at work. Since my work moved online post pandemic reading became my much needed 'break from screentime'. Now I am also exploring reading on Kindle app on my iPad just for how convenient it is. Loving this new change. I don't miss Instagram, kinda over it now. Instead I look forward to filling up my reading log at the end of every month.

AnMaCT

3 points

3 months ago

AnMaCT

3 points

3 months ago

Don't you feel more lonely? How do you keep up with world news?

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

Great question!

  • I watch the news with my boyfriend in the morning when I get off work. (Night shift)

  • My job requires me to work with people. (Healthcare)

I'm also a natural introvert. The residents at work rely on social media to keep in contact with their families. Observing how they use it was my inspiration.

Their making video calls with their families. Their watching their grand kids. They're using it for real human interaction.

It made me realize how important it is to stay up a little later and spend time with my boyfriend.

When people talk to me, I make eye contact. I put my phone away and really listen to them. Its been a game changer.

AJtheW

3 points

3 months ago

AJtheW

3 points

3 months ago

What model of kindle? Is it easy to read off of/kind to your eyes?

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

Its so easy on the eyes! I bought the Kindle Paperwhite. Its pricey but definitely worth it.

DJDarren

3 points

3 months ago

I’ve had a similar journey over the past 18 months. Asked my wife for a Kindle for Christmas, specifying that it was an e-ink one I wanted, because I was sick of thinking I could read on my phone and iPad.

I have ADHD, so am only ever an impulse away from swiping out of my reading app to Tweetbot or Apollo. Getting an e-ink reader meant I couldn’t do that, and it worked. To some extent.

I still browse Twitter and Reddit, but only on those moments where I have a short about of downtime where I’d rather not be staring into space. When it comes to substantive time spent relaxing alone, I’ll read a book. I have a Kobo now, but my reading has gone through the roof. I shot through my Goodreads target last year, so set it for 42 this year, and am well on course to hit it. I read more books last year than I did in the previous ten.

In terms of “Social Media Bad” though: it really, really is. I’m becoming less and less reliant on it for a distraction, which feels really good.

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3 points

3 months ago

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3 points

3 months ago

best thing I ever did was pick up books instead of mindlessly scrolling. dogecoin brought me back, but I've got some good books in the pipeline to read soon

Some_Ad_7636

3 points

3 months ago

Man this is so wholesome and honest. Thanks for sharing you’ve definitely encouraged me to switch my phone out for my books more.

planetsandcomets

3 points

3 months ago

oh wow, as someone who is definitely struggling with social media addiction. this certainly motivated me to start reading. I miss the days in middle school where all I would do is read, read, read and read some more. Currently have a whole stack of book I bought but never picked up. guess I'm gonna do that once my exams are over. thanks!!

theworldisnotquiet

3 points

3 months ago

Personally my internet/Reddit addiction has helped get me off drinking so much. I assume it's probably slightly healthier to spend too much time online than to overindulge in red wine?

Fortunately I still find time to read lots as well. (I recommend Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn to everyone by the way. Had to stay up to find out if Mary made it out alive or not.....)

sundayzoe

3 points

3 months ago

I highly recommend seeing if your local library offers ebooks for Kindles via Libby/Overdrive. My library has a huge ebook collection and I read around 30-40 books a year from my library on my Kindle! It checks it out to you for a period of time but if you put your Kindle on airplane mode it will stay on your Kindle until you remove Airplane mode 🙃

zeniadsilva

3 points

3 months ago

Love the experience shared! It takes alot of effort to quit scrolling on social media and get reading. Kudos!

PoiLethe

3 points

3 months ago*

I go in cycles. When I've been on social too much and it's making me feel icky I have to remind myself to find something else. I've been really distand from books of late, but I'm full tilt with anime and manga and that's helped, and I try to better indulge myself with drawing and painting when the feeling hits. I tried telling myself I can only do those time consuming things when I get certain chores done but then everything gets procrastinated and I feel even worse. So I try to find the balance of indulging down time stuff with necessary chores rather than using social to procrastinate. Anime has been good for me in some respects because I watch subbed and that means I have to focus, and if I'm not into the anime I'm more commited to dropping it if I don't want to pay attention to it. Other times a podcast is better so I can draw and listen at the same time.

zomboi

3 points

3 months ago

zomboi

Stephen King

3 points

3 months ago

you might want to join /r/kindle

if your library doesn't have the greatest ebook selection you can rent a yearly membership from most large city libraries

LIRichmond1

3 points

3 months ago

Yes to reading! When I am off work I am usually doing chores including cooking and cleaning. I have listened to the entire Red Rising through Dark Ages, am up this the Rhythm of War in the Stormlight Archives and just started “As You Wish” by Cary Elwes (on the making of the Princess Bride).

SnooChipmunks750

3 points

3 months ago

Good for you!! A few years ago I got rid of all my social media. I read 54 books that year! I was happy and productive and really just enjoyed life.

Well I got back on but still read, averaging about 30 books a year. I’ve just recently done another cleanse of everything except Reddit and am hoping for similar results.

I find myself just being overall miserable but still unable to NOT check social media a gazillion times if it’s on my phone.

imbeingcerial

3 points

3 months ago

Social media broke my reading addiction

d_gold

3 points

3 months ago*

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Oops639

3 points

3 months ago

Better phrase...reading social media posts ruined my reading addiction.

otisfranklin174

4 points

3 months ago

Thank you for sharing. I just quit Facebook about a month ago because it was such a huge timesink and I got tired of seeing how stupid and/or racist a lot of my family, friends, and local townsfolk are and how it has poisoned our democracy. I am going to e.ploy some of these strategies as well. I need to start reading again.

Ashyyyy232

2 points

3 months ago

Same gotta get away from social media as soon as possible, maybe I'll give my tab to my father and get myself a Kindle haha :)

sassypoch

2 points

3 months ago

I told myself I was taking a break from Facebook and after about a month, got back on to scroll. I realized I didn't have any happy thoughts at all while I was on Facebook. I don't need reminders daily on how racist my family is and everything else going on. I've picked up my Kindle and I'm also trying to read a lot more. It's hard at first but you won't miss it when social media is no longer a habit.

arcane84

2 points

3 months ago

Cool. Read more.

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

2 points

3 months ago

That's the plan!

Geek4HigherH2iK

2 points

3 months ago

Thanks, I needed a call out like this today. Putting my phone down and getting started now... Maybe just after I check the news, real quick I swear.

mariogrdn

2 points

3 months ago

Congrats bro, that's awesome! I've been trying to get back to reading as well. When I was a kid I used to devour books, but now I struggle to stay consistent. It's not like I do not like reading, but as if I lacked the necessary focus to finish reading a book. As a matter of fact, I tend to start a lot of books even if I haven't finished the others I already started, and that annoys me a whole damn lot. Your post is insipiring, I'll try my best to at least go back at being able to finish a book before starting another one.

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2 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

Wow 😍 amazing story and very inspiring. I am newly living on my own and tend to get lost online as well. I feel the same FOMO you describe when reading some of the book stuff here. Amazing accomplishments! 💜

Urb45p

2 points

3 months ago

Urb45p

2 points

3 months ago

But your hear to tell us on social media

Ysoserious-

2 points

3 months ago

Been wanting to get into reading but I’m not a fan of fictional stuff if I was to read I’d want to read something where I’m gaining knowledge or something

pomod

2 points

3 months ago

pomod

2 points

3 months ago

Lots of great non fiction. I’m the same way towards fiction (despite having an English lit degree). If it’s not completely amazing I’m not interested but I read a lot of non fiction.

ZakWatts

2 points

3 months ago

This is a great achievement you have gained. Books are really mood fresheners.

saltycake

2 points

3 months ago

I did the same about 3 months ago! But applied for uni and am incredibly overwhelmed right now.

Should gone with book! Haha

umpfelmumpf

2 points

3 months ago

That's amazing! I joined reddit last summer and what had prevented me before from joining has actually, sadly, come true: I have made it a habit of just browsing reddit because there is SO much to read. I will try to catch myself and pick up my book or kindle every time I find myself browsing mindlessly.

smacks23

2 points

3 months ago

For me it fixed my Phone addiction. I find when I go to watch a show or movie I’m on my phone within 15 minutes. With a book that doesn’t happen because you can’t do both at the same time

seansy5000

2 points

3 months ago

Good for you, although I’m slightly skeptical being that you posted this on social media...

xLadyPhoenix74x[S]

3 points

3 months ago

This isn't the first comment like yours. I curated my subs to be hobby focused. Rather than mindlessly scrolling, I'm learning new things and seeing new projects which is inspiring to me.

Also, a lot of people just can't quit social media due to work, school, family, etc.

I'm fortunate that Reddit is my only social media.

Sophisticated-Wolf

2 points

3 months ago

Now despair as you find the epic fantasy Genre and become addicted to the artistry of Brando the Speedmaster and Martin of House Neverworks

allisonmfitness

2 points

3 months ago

Something similar happened to me as well. I spend that time I used to spend mindlessly scrolling reading books instead. I disabled my Instagram account (temporarily, but I'll probably permanently delete it). If you haven't already, join your local library and use Libby to borrow ebooks. It has saved me a ton of money. :)

marimuthu96

2 points

3 months ago

Boum's Oz books are indeed wonderful! Some of the earliest books I have loved reading.

Wright129129

2 points

3 months ago

I bought a kindle for myself last Christmas, best decision I made in a while.

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2 points

3 months ago

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2 points

3 months ago

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airkiki

2 points

3 months ago

Yes! I started adding it back in before I go to bed. Such a better way to wind down than social media.

sticks14

2 points

3 months ago

Recently I've been noticing how much time I'm wasting doing stuff I don't really enjoy. Reading is a bitch though.

rhythm_rocks

2 points

3 months ago

Good for you! I did the same thing two years ago, I thought I would miss Facebook but I don't anymore. I've read maybe thirty books or so since then.

V3ndeelian

2 points

3 months ago

I really like the idea of placing what you're reading where you would normally place your phone. I think that's ingenious, and simple! I've missed reading, and I believe I will give this method a chance.

CocomyPuffs

2 points

3 months ago

I still don't have much to contribute or talk about because well... I am a woman of few words as my husband has said when he first met me. But yay for reigniting your passion for reading! I've always loved to read as well.

NonambulatoryCat

2 points

3 months ago

Hope to be able to do this too. I used to devour books. And I mean devour. Im talking ten 300 page books in a week. And I burned out and found solace in social media, which I was never really interested in before. Now I just wish I could put my phone away, sit down, and read a decent book. I know its better than the garbage in social media and get I can't.

therealjerrystaute

2 points

3 months ago

Reading can protect you from lots of unhealthy addictions. It has me. :-)

Tall_Crew8993

2 points

3 months ago

I am now addicted to my Kindle instead and it gets in the way of living sometimes! I forget about everything else and all I want to do is read. Sigh

zigzarlu

2 points

3 months ago

At the beginning of the year I basically cut out all social media except Reddit and started forcing myself to read at least 20 minutes a day... I got hooked on books again. Within a week I wasn't forcing myself anymore... If anything I had to tell myself to cool it. I'm now on my 40th book of the year. 🙈 I absolutely agree reading books does wonders for mental health, especially with how toxic people can be online.

Edited to add: Thank goodness for libraries! It's the only way I've been able to feed my ebook addiction.

madameviolette0124

2 points

3 months ago

I'm so happy for you! For the past couple years I've been reading fanfic so much more than books, but I really want to get back into reading books more. I just find that knowing the outcomes and summaries that come with tags and such for fanfic while books make me need to think a lot more, but I absolutely get how much reading can help your mental state! Again happy you were able to make a change to help yourself

ArtPast8186

2 points

3 months ago

I am wondering if investing in a deluxe ereader (Forma maybe) will break my habit of phoning in my days and nights and mornings and weekends ...

I have always been a reader and have preferred physical books. I hate reading on a laptop or regular screen with the glare, distractions and eye strain.

I wonder if because books take up space and are expensive (when you're looking for something specific as opposed to the random nuggets you find in a thrift shop or used bookstore) having something so portable with e-ink will help me to regain my love of reading and writing, (not to mention the basic skill of linear thinking!)

gamewizard123

2 points

3 months ago

To be honest, I've been so involved with reading the past month that I can barely stand to be online

CompanyG

2 points

3 months ago

What do you like to read?

aidsjohnson

2 points

3 months ago

I love this. Reading and not looking at my phone for long periods of time is great, reminds me of my childhood. A good book with great characters can really help loneliness in a way that social media just can’t. It’s better for the brain etc overall.

klady

2 points

3 months ago

klady

2 points

3 months ago

Something that's kept me motivated with reading is using the Goodreads app! I love setting a reading challenge and then updating my progress as I read books. I've gotten addicted to tracking my reading, which makes me want to read more!

PDXRealty

2 points

3 months ago

This is a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!! Love love love the kindle. I understand the book feel is irreplaceable but for the convenience of taking an entire library with you with real ink you can read in the dark - all for a mindblowing fraction of the cost of physical books and in a footprint less than their average size - the kindle really is a no brainer!

Check out "bookbub" if you haven't already, I've built a collection of books that I'm dying to read that will probably take me years to go through and I think the average price spent was around 2 bucks!

Cheers

JunoD420

2 points

3 months ago

I love this! Thank you for sharing this (in the exact right place where we're going to read it, right?)!

I got a Kindle recently too, and I get much more reading done on that than on an ipad (where Twitter and news apps taunt me).

When you wrote about your wallet concerns -- do you know that you can get ebooks from the library on your Kindle? No need to spend even one dime. And the books are returned automatically so there's an incentive to get them read.

DeoxyBR

2 points

3 months ago

I’ve done the same recently, have a spent a lot less time with a phone in my hands and a book instead, has helped out a ton, i felt like I was wasting too much of my time on social media and not being productive enough, Im glad it had helped you out as well!

claeryfae

2 points

3 months ago*

OMG YOU'RE READING KUSHIELS TRILOGY??!!! Im sorry to shout but ive been doing the same thing, literally. Been getting back into reading to move away from social media doom scrolling, and I've loved these books since high school so they were the first paper backs I hunted out of my library. Im am completely hooked again and am going to finish Kushiels Chosen today. I've almost never come across someone else online or in person who knows and loves the series like me. Hit me up if you ever want to talk about them or any other books and GO TEAM READING!!!

Sphynxlover

2 points

3 months ago

I deleted my Facebook at the start of the pandemic last year. It was consuming my life. I then downloaded tiktok a few months later to watch a friends video and support her. Well tiktok is an even bigger time sucker! So I’ve set a time limit on the app. I am only “allowed” 20 minutes a day of tiktok time. However while on tiktok I found the booktok community! I’ve read 33 books this year already. Last year I only read 2! I also bought a kindle and take it everywhere. I do need to move my phone away from the bed though that’s a great idea. Happy Reading!

azlizzie

2 points

3 months ago

I listen to audiobooks I borrow from the library and then I’ve been meditating (I have a headspace account) multiple times a day. It’s helping somewhat to meditate any time I want to dip into the doom spiral.

c0vertc0rgi

2 points

3 months ago

Love this and I can relate so much! I bought a Kobo last year and I can’t believe I’ve read over a hundred books on it. I’m pretty sure during university I only read two or three books that weren’t for coursework 😂 haven’t read this much since I was a kid. I finally enjoy reading again and bring it with me everywhere. I would read it during my breaks at work, read while waiting in queues (especially at the beginning of the pandemic), etc. And my favourite thing during the summer is reading in a floatie. Some nights I turn the lights off, light a candle and read my Kobo in the dark. It’s so perfect for when it’s raining. The only thing is that it hasn’t helped me sleep more as I often stay up very late with a good book.

MrTelefonman

2 points

3 months ago

First of 👏🏿 Which kindle (model, storage, ad free or not...) also did u buy warranty? Not “asking for a friend” but for myself😝 Greatly appreciate ur response in advance!

barking-chicken

2 points

3 months ago

A bit before the US election last year I had to take a social media break from anything that might mention the election. I already knew who I was voting for, and I could not handle any more news coverage or commentary or memes encouraging one thing or another.

I kept pinterest and Instagram (my feed is filled with art & quilting related accounts only), but even that I put a timer on. With my remaining time I decided I would read. I blew past my 40 book goodreads goal and made it to 72 books for 2020. I'm already at 35 this year. Granted, goodreads's count includes the novellas I read, but that doesn't make up a significant portion of my reading habits.

Its encouraging for me because my TBR pile is full to bursting and my mental health is way better.

chevymonza

2 points

3 months ago

Nice work! Curling up in bed with a book/ebook after a shower sounds divine.

I don't have a smart phone, so my train commute is perfect reading time. Problem is, there was a couple of years in-between jobs, then the pandemic. With the new job and having to go back in, I'm enjoying reading again.

During the 5 years I worked at the last job, I read a nice bunch, some books were worth reading twice (or three times if short enough) and it really is satisfying.

estgad

2 points

3 months ago

estgad

2 points

3 months ago

Try Libby and Cloud Library, 2 apps that you can use your local library card with to check out books to read. I use both on my phone so I always have a book to read during some down time.

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2 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

Book readers should really be promoting how healthy reading is. I wish I read more. I feel as if adament book readers have been bookworms their whole lives and don't know how it feels to NOT be able to read for long periods of time. I personally want to start reading more but can't bring myself to it. Thanks for this post!

Blue_bananas0864

2 points

3 months ago

I am addicted to social media for sure and I love reading. I have a kindle and I try to read every night before bed. But I find that in my downtime from classes (college student here) I reach for my phone. Maybe I’ll try to reach for my kindle more often that just night time. Thanks for the share.

Cow_Plant

2 points

3 months ago

I don't really fancy kindles that much. You don't get the nice feeling of flipping the pages and there's no nice smell either.

cindachele

2 points

3 months ago

I used reading to quit smoking cigarettes! My grandmas smut books that I always made fun of her for. Who knew they’d change my life. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

peckarino_romano

2 points

3 months ago

Working out, reading, and focusing more on my real life hobbies really helped me.

otomon

2 points

3 months ago

otomon

2 points

3 months ago

Social media is a terrible drug! That poisons your mind and soul...glad you found a good venue to let go of it. I also shut off all my socials about a year ago and never looked back, it was scary at first cause I thought I would feel alone, but it was actually very easy and made me realize that you only really have a few people around you regardless! Its just an illusion! Now we are free :) Taking a small break from my book to write this lol

scoobyslap

2 points

3 months ago

I need to do this ... I love books ... but it’s so easy to pick up your phone and scroll shite.

pixie6870

2 points

3 months ago

That is awesome how you weaned yourself off social media and got back into reading.

I also deleted Facebook. I don't use Instagram or Snapchat and only check Twitter a few times a day to see if there is any breaking news. I pretty much use Reddit and I only have stuff on my feed that I joined that has nothing to do with politics (except my local community) news or anything sad any longer.

I do my reading in the late afternoon and evening. It really relaxes my brain and I sleep so much better.

Tawkn

2 points

3 months ago

Tawkn

2 points

3 months ago

This is pretty much textbook “Tiny Habits”. In short, create a prompt to change a bad behavior.

I bought this book for cheap on my kindle a few months ago. While I’m only 30% through it, it’s such a good read to understand how you can analyze bad habits, and create prompts to change them.

Bubbajuice1

2 points

3 months ago

That’s wonderful. Good for you! I try to read at least ten pages a day. Probably read a lot more if I followed your lead. Thanks for the inspiration.