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Content consumption is just a part of everyday life at this point.

If you’re anything like me, you open your phone up and scroll through Instagram without even thinking about it. It’s an automatic movement that is slowly becoming second nature to us.

Despite how scary that may sound, there are a lot of great aspects about consuming social media content. From being educated about new topics to being entertained, it’s becoming important that you know how you consume social media.

In this post, I’m going to briefly talk about 3 ways of how you consume social media. I will also show you how to optimize your content consumption for learning and growth.

Way 1 – The Postponed-till-never Person

How many times have you come across a piece of content that was genuinely valuable, and instead of saving it for later, you immediately got distracted by the next post on your feed?

The postponed-till-never person is the type of person who finds value but leaves it until later to actually learn from. This is a problem, because there is only going to be more content pushed to you by algorithms. If you want to actually learn something, you need to organize yourself.

Using Instagram, for example, you can build little “Saved” portfolios that are tailored to specific goals. If you’re looking for start-up advice and find a valuable Instagram post, just save it to that folder. You can set a reminder on your phone to come back to it at an optimal time.

This way, you convert postponed-till-never into “take-action-later.”

Way 2 – The Dual Content Consumer

This type of social media consumer is someone who uses two devices at the same time to consume content. For example, imagine being on your computer and reading an article while holding your phone and scrolling through Twitter.

This makes no sense in the grand scheme of things, unless your only goal is to achieve no particular outcome from your content consumption.

Fixing the problem is simple! Don’t leave your phone next to you any time you decide to consume content on your laptop. Despite how elementary that sounded, it’s a lot harder to actually implement. That is why you’ll need to start actively thinking about leaving your phone in the next room (and on silent).

Doing this will not only help you enjoy what you consume more, but it will also teach you how to disperse yourself from your phone. As much as we value interconnectedness, there has to be an emphasis on singular connectedness as well.

Way 3 – In The Zone

Your eyes must be glued to one single platform. Now you’re genuinely interacting with the content you consume.

Your notifications are probably turned off, your phone on silent and no external distractions present to do this.

Now, all of a sudden, you’ve turned your content consumption period into an education or entertainment period. You can either take away some actionable information, or you can have a good laugh and get back to your other tasks after.

Social media was created for this in the first place, after all.

The Bottom Line

Distractions are everywhere in life. When you consume content it’s important that you identify your purpose (education, entertainment, or both), and allow yourself to focus on the moment as much as possible.

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