This article is written in response to a public request from Brad in the comments section of this article on quitting Reddit.
You want to quit Reddit because it is wasting your time. You feel there are better things to be doing.
There are 4 ways you can do this:
- Growing out of it.
- Wean yourself off.
- Just drop it.
- Supplement with another activity.
Quickly running through these then:
Growing out of it – This is the most natural option. It is highly likely that once you move to a different friend crowd/interest base you will naturally move “out of love” with Reddit, since the content will no longer appeal to your tastes. Given the variety of subreddits, this is unlikely to happen unless you move away from computers. It is uncertain when exactly you will grow out of Reddit, but it is guaranteed to happen eventually. Looking at the current age base of Reddit and doing a quick straw poll, 25 if you don’t play games, 32 if you do.
Wean - This is the cut down slowly method. Once a day, to once every 2 days, to weekly, fortnightly you get the idea. This doesn’t really work as any dieter will tell you as it keeps “food” on your mind constantly.
Instant drop – You will immediately see the free time you suddenly have when it’s not idled away on Reddit. But, you’ll find you have nothing to fill it with. You’ll probably sit around bored out of your mind for 30 minutes-1 hour arguing with yourself about politics and atheism before returning to Reddit to check for new posts. This method won’t work alone and needs…
Supplementation - This is the key to quitting anything. You need to get the bad and supplement with the good. Why is Reddit bad? because it wastes a lot of time. Why is wasting time bad? because you have other better things to be doing? what better things? Answer that and you find your cure. Maybe a hobby, learn a language, exercise, cycle, hiking, jumping on the spot, basically just do something that interests you and is useful. Then, use reddit as a resource to further your aims rather than as idle chat and for spaghettis sake downvote all imgur posts and save us all some time.
- Grow out of it naturally, or,
- Supplement with an activity that is worth your time (or exercise if you can’t think of anything).
Personally, I guess I grew out of it like I did with games. I just didn’t see the value anymore of looking at mario cake for 3 hours a day. I’m down to about 15 minutes twice a day.
Hope that helps,
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