This was an interesting idea to read, I have heard about such ideas before but have not really tried them personally. A friend of mine actually did something similar where he had trouble waking up early for work. He decided to use caffeine as a source of motivation every morning, thus encouraging himself to wakeup early to enjoy his cup of coffee. Another friend was a regular smoker, who slowly transitioned to vaping in order to quit smoking though I would say in this case, it was the lesser of two evils and not really a positive habit per se. Personally, I think the key factors that make or break the habit is accountability and discipline. "Motivation may get you started, but discipline keeps you going." We are all eager to start work to improve ourselves but to be consistent is the real deal.
This article on breaking bad habits could help you in this brainstorming session! I think some pointers mentioned that are useful are how we should find friends to be help us in being accountable, reduce trigger markers and to plan for relapses.
There are many ways to go about this idea. It could be through the form of an app, where users are held accountable to the addiction they want to break by linking up with their friends, or even strangers who face a similar addiction! The app could suggest positive habits that can replace the negative ones. Streak markers can also be used to enforce discipline in commiting to the habits.
Do you think that we can come up with other solutions instead of apps or digital platforms?(Knowing that there are people who want to break free from social media addiction)