I’d probably say that social media is my worst distraction as a freelancer. I’ve never been all that active on sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but I’m an absolute sucker for content on Reddit and YouTube.
I do freelance writing for a living, and any time I’m between ideas while writing, I find myself habitually turning to Reddit and YouTube. It’s been a hard habit to kick because sometimes I don’t even catch myself getting distracted, almost like I’m on autopilot.
I need find some sort of Chrome extensions that bar me from those sites for a couple of hours.
I think that our brains have become wired to check social media when we’re bored, simply because it’s a guaranteed moment of satisfaction. I’ve actually read studies on how social media was created in a way that you get a kick of dopamine—the hormone that makes you feel good—every time you visit, so that you get addicted and keep coming back.
It’s just another form of instant gratification, and while there are obviously worse ways to get a dopamine kick (drugs, alcohol, etc…), social media can still be super distracting none the less.