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Minimalist's guide to social media

One way to tame the social media beast is to use the same approach as you would for your cluttered home - minimalism.

Spending time on social media can sometimes be overwhelming as you face an endless torrent of posts.

It can be a similar feeling you get when the house is a mess and you just can't quite get it under control.

One way to tame the social media beast is to use the same approach as you would for your cluttered home - minimalism.

Minimalism is a concept usually applied to things but its principles can also work with your social networks.

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First, trim down your accounts. If you have any redundant or little-used account, then delete it. If you've signed up for the latest must-be-on network but you're not getting anything out of it, then cancel your account. 

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Only have an account where you and your friends are active. Aim to get it down to three. Any more and you risked getting swamped.

Second, reduce the number of friends and people you follow.

Marie Kondo, one of minimalism's most popular advocates, recommends you only keep things that "spark joy". You can apply this concept to online friends.

Start with anyone who you can barely remember, then remove anyone who irritates you. Each time you read a name, note how it feels. If you feel nothing, then unfriend or unfollow them.

Third, move on to companies or brands. This should be easier.

One important idea behind minimalism is to focus on quality. For social media, remove anyone who doesn't add anything interesting to your feed. As a minimalist, you don't have time to deal with junk.

If you're unsure about removing a friend or network, then there's another principle you can use. This involves putting something aside for a few months to see if you miss it. 

If you were clearing out a room, you'd put the undecided things in a box and store it away. That way if you miss it you can retrieve it later. If not, get rid of it. 

On social media, you can do this by muting or blocking someone. If you miss them, you can unmute/unblock them later.

Being a minimalist is hard and involves tough decisions, but if you apply it to your social media accounts you can get back lost time and end the feeling of being overwhelmed.

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