Thursday, March 17, 2016

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM SMARTPHONE APP OVERLOAD?


If you're like me, then you occasionally feel a bit stressed, overloaded and overwhelmed with day to day things. Especially when it comes to staying connected to the outside world, friends, and kids. 

I recently had the opportunity to interview and speak with Technology and Lifestyle expert, Chi-Lan Leiu about how we can best tackle different goals and daily issues with the use of smartphone apps. As a busy work at home Mom, my free time is limited and I love to find great online apps that help me in my daily chores, give me inspiration and even those that are perfect for using and viewing after a super long day.

According to Chi-Lan Leiu, among the 5,000 regular social media users in the United States who participated in a recent survey, an overwhelming 80% have agreed that life today is so much busier than it was compared to a generation ago and I would definitely agree! A whopping 53% of adults (ages 18-64) regularly use two or more social media platforms with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram being the most commonly used and females leading the way overall. I personally use all of those apps and then some! 

During our chat, Chi-Lan Leiu and I discussed which apps worked best for my lifestyle and both agreed that Pinterest was the go-to smartphone app for busy Moms. Although I use this social media platform on a daily basis, most of my time on Pinterest is spent after the kids are in bed and as a relaxation tool. I have thousands of "pins", some of which I use regularly such as great recipes and DIY projects and others of various interests that I've pinned so that they are available when I need them. 

She also offered a few valuable tips to discovering which apps are best for finding inspiration and tackling your various goals this year:

1. Take control of your daily planning
Struggling to find time for daily tasks such as planning meals or staying healthy? Over half of users surveyed say Pinterest is the top site for helping them stay on top of every day organization. Moms, in particular, say they turn to Pinterest for planning daily meals, whereas Millenials are more likely than others to use Pinterest for finding fitness tips.

2. Find more "me" time
If you're looking to relax and take some time for yourself, make Pinterest, Facebook or Tumblr your personal retreats. Moms especially turn to Pinterest and Facebook to relax, relieve stress, while Millennials lean towards Tumblr. 


3. Stay connected
If you want to spend more time connecting with friends and family this year, Facebook is the place to be! LinkedIn is your best bet for connecting with professional connections.

4. Keep up with the world
Follow the latest news, sports and politics on Facebook and Twitter. And if you're looking to increase your regular dose of celebrity updates, add Instagram to the list as well.

5. Discover something new
Who doesn't love to be inspired by a new discovery? People think Pinterest is the best platform to turn to for learning and creative expression compared to any other social platform. Tumblr and Instagram are also popular among Millennials to express creativity.

6. Plan ahead
If you're the type of person who likes to feel prepared for your next big project, holiday or vacation, make Pinterest your long-term organizer too. Both Moms and Millennials favor Pinterest over all other sites for helping in planning and collecting ideas for projects.

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