SINGAPORE (Nov 19): Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online.
The study, first published in 2016, encompasses ride-hailing, e-commerce, online travel and online media. The latest report released on Monday adds new sectors such as online food delivery, as well as subscription music and video on demand.
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Add up all the five or 10-minute bits of time you spend mindless scrolling Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc. and you might be embarrassed about how much of your life you waste on something that studies have shown makes us unhappy. Now imagine how many more hours you would have in your week to get the real work that matters to you done if you logged off completely.
Here, we’ve compiled some expert advice for curbing your addiction to social media, depending on what level of intervention you need.
Sometimes the obvious solution is also the best: Delete the apps from your phone. If everybody did, we’d reduce an incremental creep that makes it harder and harder to resist social pressure, says Ana Homayoun, author of Social Media Wellness.
Social check-ins during a few minutes of downtime can become second nature, says Homayoun. Apps like Flipd block time-sucking/time-wasting sites from your phone or computer either for a period of time you set—or for good.
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If your habit is bigger than you can handle on your own, enlist help. Ask a friend or partner to hide your phone for periods of time. Or become a born-again Luddite, joining the 23% of Americans who don’t own a smartphone at all.