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Breaking the Scroll: How A Short Break From Social Media Can Transform Your Life

Explore how a break from scrolling social media can lead to personal transformation, genuine connections, and a renewed focus on living a meaningful life.
by Rob Gillham | Aug 7 2023

The average person spends 2 hours and 31 minutes a day on social media, and studies have shown that too much scrolling can negatively impact our mental well-being and take time away from the things that matter most— such as learning new things. How much of the time we spend scrolling depends on the individual, but the fact is we are sacrificing a huge chunk of our day to endless scrolling.

What if you could reclaim a small portion of that time, disappear from social media, and learn something life-changing in the process?


Enter Blinkist, the ultimate knowledge app that has already transformed the lives of over 26 million people worldwide. Blinkist breaks down bestselling nonfiction books into short explainers that give you the essential information in as little as 15 minutes. It’s not just another app that demands your time for little reward; it’s a gateway to a world where learning is effortless, and the possibilities for real change are limitless.

With Blinkist, you’ll join thousands of users in the United States who have revolutionized their lives with what they learn in the app. In a user survey, 87.5% of 3,500 users revealed that they apply what they learn with Blinkist to make changes to their lives.

“I love nonfiction books but never get around time to read them, since I have Blinkist on my phone and I mostly walk/cycle from home to gym/work, I have something good to hear to, I finish on average a book a day, it takes less amount of time in my busy day, and keeps me afresh with new and different thoughts.”
–5-Star User review.

Let’s take a look at some of the life-changing ideas you can learn by taking a break of just 15 minutes from social media.

1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear has the power to transform your life in profound ways. By breaking down the science of habit formation, this book equips you with the tools to build positive habits, eliminate destructive ones, and cultivate a life of purpose and achievement.

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
–James Clear, Atomic Habits.

2. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch holds the potential to revolutionize your life. By unveiling the concept of achieving more with less, Koch reveals that 20% of efforts yield 80% of results, empowering you to focus on the most impactful tasks and eliminate time-wasting activities.

3. The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris has the potential to revolutionize your approach to happiness and well-being. Through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Harris provides practical tools to break free from the happiness trap and find true contentment.

4. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

In 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin, you’ll uncover the transformative habits that set mentally strong individuals apart. Morin’s insightful guide helps you build resilience, conquer self-destructive behaviors, and develop a resilient mindset.

5. Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel

Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel holds the potential to revolutionize your life. With powerful strategies to optimize time, energy, and productivity, this book empowers you to reclaim control over your daily tasks and create a life of abundance and freedom. Through the principles of efficiency and outsourcing, Meisel teaches you how to streamline workflows, reduce stress, and focus on what truly matters.

5. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam is a life-changing book that can revolutionize your mornings and transform your productivity. By studying the morning habits of high achievers, Vanderkam reveals practical strategies to maximize the early hours for personal growth and goal attainment.

6. The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile

The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile explores the significance of rituals in our modern world, ter Kuile offers valuable insights into cultivating meaningful practices that nourish the soul. From simple daily routines to more profound communal rituals, this book shows how these intentional acts can deepen connections with ourselves and others.

7. Superhuman by Habit by Tynan

Superhuman by Habit from Tynan is a life-changing book that unlocks the power of habits to elevate your life to new heights. Tynan delves into the science and art of building lasting habits that propel you toward success. By adopting a systematic approach to habit formation, you can revolutionize your daily routines and achieve extraordinary results.

Over 94,000 5-Star Reviews

Using Blinkist during your social media break can expand your perspective on life, boost your skills and confidence, and teach you something that may change your life. But don’t take our word for it, Blinkist has over 94,000 5-star reviews on both Apple and Android app stores.

“Most effective use of my time. Used to read 1 book a week, but would often find myself not fully digesting the content when I focused on hitting a 1 book a week goal. This allows me to fill in the gaps during a hectic week and still absorb content that has allowed me to grow as a person and therefore teach others how to grow.”
–5-Star User Review.

One Of The World’s Best Apps For Learning

Thousands of satisfied users aside, Blinkist is loved by big names. Blinkist has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. It has also received high ratings on app stores, such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. Apple even called it one of the world’s best apps and one of the top 20 apps for lifelong learning.

“I struggle to find the time to read a book, and this app has become a firm favorite. I can pick and choose subjects I’m interested in and get the highlights in the right amount of time. I also love the audio option, great for in the car.”
–5-Star User Review.

A Library Of Content At Your Fingertips


Blinkist’s library is bursting with life-changing knowledge, with more than 6,500 titles to choose from its one of the biggest selections of its kind. With 27 categories, from tech, to history, and biographies, we’ve got every topic covered. And you’ll always be informed of the latest trends because Blinkist adds 70 new titles monthly, including the latest New York Times bestsellers.

But that’s not all. Imagine having your very own learning mentor by your side, guiding you through a topic. That’s precisely what Blinkist’s Guides do – they lead you through a given topic, giving you a structured path to explore and deepen your understanding. With so many life-changing insights to learn, it’s important to keep track. That’s where Blinkist spaces come in.

With Spaces, Blinkist helps you to gather your favorite nonfiction titles in one place. Blinkist spaces is a way to invite friends, family, or colleagues from your own organization to gather together on Blinkist to add, share, and recommend titles from the Blinkist library all in the app. A space can be for a group of people or a topic like Productivity or Mindfulness.

Ready to transform your life? Take a break from endless social media scrolling and embark on a journey of knowledge and self-improvement with Blinkist’s 7-day free trial!

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