As a blogger, I am often spending a lot of time on social media. Whether that is to promote my blog, or to research trends to grow my presence, I feel like I spend most of my free time on there. As a lot of us know, too much time on social media can sometimes become a bit toxic, as we may find ourselves comparing our lives to others too much. That's why I've come up with a list of activities you or your child could try instead of scrolling social media for hours.

Social media can be great in moderation, as it helps us to connect with people we may not get to see a lot, especially in recent times in the pandemic. It can also help us to connect with new people too, but it's important to take breaks from it too.

scrolling through instagram on iphone with coffee
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Activities to try instead of using social media

1. Exercise

OK, I'll be honest, how likely is it that I will exercise any time I would usually use social media? Not very. Just imagine the health benefits if we exercised each time we did endless scrolling though. If you are motivated enough, then this is definitely something to try.

2. Painting

In the first coronavirus lockdown, I started a paint by numbers and I found it a lot more relaxing than staring at my phone screen scrolling. And, it's a cool project that looks really nice when it's done!

3. Gaming

If you want to be active on your phone or laptop, then why not try gaming and putting your mind towards gaming instead of looking through social media? A website for gaming I have tried recently is Plays.org. It's great for when you're just bored on your laptop and have some time free. My personal favourites on here are the Pac Rat and Minigolf games. It really reminds me of when I was at secondary school in IT and played games on the computer. (If you are one of my school teachers, this is a joke).

Or of course, if you have a gaming console such as an Xbox then that is another great way to spend time and let off some steam.

4. Reading

A bit like exercise, I always wonder how many books I would have read if I picked up a book any time I wanted to just sit and scroll.

5. Go for a walk

Again, using your time for fresh air and stretching your legs is time better spent. Getting out of the house just makes me feel better afterwards too.
What is your favourite way to spend your free time? Do you feel like you're on social media too much too?


  1. I’m such an avid reader so if I’m not on social media, I’m probably reading, watching TV or going for a walk

  2. Great post, I love reading, exercising and walking although sometimes I do get a bit lost in all the social media. I'm trying to limit my time on it but feel like I need to use it to promote myself. So I strive for a healthy balance. Social media won't stop be from doing other things I enjoy though ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Getting outside and going for walks is a great method for me to stay away from social media and just make the most of the what is around me! x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

  4. These are great things to do. Getting outside and having a walk, really does wonders, doesn't it?! I try to have time away, and I am definitley not as social on some platforms as I used to be. Its all about balance, isn't it?

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  5. I use social media for my blog too- but I can lose hours scrolling "for my blog" ahaha so I definitely need some alternatives, thank you x

  6. I'd love to get into painting. Great post๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ. Lots of us ought to spend less time on social media.

  7. I feel like social media has taken my time away from reading and I'm really trying to focus on that more! Great post and ideas x

  8. Thanks for sharing, I think taking a break for some forms of social media is good, it certainly helps with my mental health, I found reading and walking helps :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes