For September, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is running a campaign called “Scroll Free September” where participants can take a break from all social media for 30 days during September. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary charity in the UK for the improvement of the public’s health and wellbeing.
This is similar to “Dry January” which is when people abstain from alcohol for the month of January.
RSPH makes sure to mention that they don’t social media to be a bad thing, and that it has many benefits:
With its almost universal reach and unprecedented ability to connect people from all walks of life, social media holds great potential to support good mental health and wellbeing. It has revolutionised the way we communicate and share information. – RSPH
However, the down sides of social media build up over time, and that taking a break can help us see where moderation may be needed.
By going Scroll Free for a month, you’ll have a chance to reflect on your social media use – what you missed, what you didn’t, and what you got to do and enjoy instead. – RSPH
RSPH is offering a variety of options to make the participation easier. “Cold Turkey” is the hardest, where you abstain from all social media completely for 30 days. RSPH says for inspiration one can turn to Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Elton John, and Simon Cowell as they are all “scroll free.”
The “Social Butterfly” option only restricts social media at social events. “Night Owl” restricts social media after 6pm. “Busy Bee” limits social media only outside of school or work, and finally “Sleeping Dog” means to give up social media once you’re in bed to improve sleep.
To add yourself to the number of participants, they have a sign up form, where you can specify things like the option you’re going with, your country, and age group.
Digital wellbeing has become a bigger concern among tech companies recently as well. Google announced last Monday plans to help you take charge of the time spent on their platform. Apple also recently introduced new features in iOS 12 to help customers better monitor how they spend their time on their device.