Several studies found that it often isn’t the length of time spend on social media or the sites themselves that determine whether we emerge better or worse—it’s how we choose to use these platforms, whether actively or passively.
Ever catch yourself idly doomscrolling on Twitter, spending way too much time on TikTok, or losing sleep over Facebook? When we allow the algorithm to surprise us and leave our content up to chance, that’s passive use.
When you deliberately choose to message a friend, post an update, or engage with people, that’s active use. And research shows that active use actually makes us happier. Passive use is the enemy.
I made Checkpoint to jolt myself out of my passive-use spirals, and engage with my friends online in more deliberate, mindful ways. I hope it helps you too.