Here's how to stay off social media in 2024

Let’s be honest, 2023 was not a good year to be on social media. How about: It seems that, as we march further into the clutches of late-stage capitalism, our internet-safe havens get worse in an attempt to make billionaires more money. Apps like TikTok, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter) do nothing but spy on us, ruin our self-esteem, and let racists run rampant — all while co-opting each other’s features (YouTube Shorts? Instagram Reels? What’s the difference?)Now that 2024 has arrived (way too fast, I swear it was November last week), a new year means new resolutions for many. For me, one of those resolutions is giving up social media. Now, I won’t try and convince you to leave social media completely — because studies show that, despite the known harm it does to our brain, we still love using it — but if you do want to quit and don’t know how I’ve got you covered. SEE ALSO: 2023’s girl dinner, girl math, girlhood: What did we gain from a year of girl trends? Delete social media apps or limit notificationsThe first and most obvious step in starting your digital detox in 2024 is to delete the apps. This advice may sound simple, but it isn’t. Social media is increasingly the main source of information in our lives, so going cold turkey can be hard. Plus, like all addictions, you may end up replacing one vice with another equally unhealthy one. SEE ALSO: How social media in the…Here's how to stay off social media in 2024