I’ve been on social media for a long time, and there are certain things I’ve learned about the way it affects me. Social media can be distracting, overwhelming, and even harmful if you don’t take care of yourself. Even though I love being able to connect with friends across the world and share what I’m doing with them, it’s important that we all stay mindful of how we’re using these platforms so that we don’t let them take over our lives.
You might be overwhelmed.
While the internet provides an incredible amount of information and opportunity, it can also be overwhelming. When you’re trying to wade through all that content, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never get back on track with your priorities.
That’s why we advise you to
Decrease the time you spend on social media sites. This might sound obvious, but many people are surprised by how much time they spend scrolling through their feeds. If you find yourself spending more than an hour a day on social media, try setting a timer for 15 minutes or 30 minutes per session—and then stick to it! You may find that once you limit how long you’re online at any given time, things start feeling less stressful and more manageable again.
Stay true to your values when making decisions about what types of content and activities deserve your attention in the first place (e.g., “I will not engage in cyber-bullying; I will only comment on posts when necessary”). Whenever possible, try not just avoiding negative experiences but also seeking out positive ones; this way not only do we benefit from being kinder ourselves but also from seeing others being kind as well!
You might be jealous.
Maybe you’re wondering why, in the context of social media, being jealous is actually a good thing. Well, jealousy can be a great motivator—it can inspire you to work harder and achieve more if your rival is doing better than you. But it’s important not to let the feeling get out of hand; if it does, that means you’re no longer focusing on yourself and your own progress: instead, you’re worrying about what everyone else is doing. And that isn’t helpful!
Instead of dwelling on what other people have (or haven’t), focus on improving yourself and your life with every single post or photo you share online. If someone posts about their new car? Congratulate them for getting it—but don’t worry about whether or not they got an upgrade over yours!
You might be bored.
The problem with social media is that it gives you the illusion of connection, but when you think about it, there’s no real sense of companionship. You’re just looking at a screen. Scrolling through memes is fun, but they don’t make you feel better or smarter or more attractive—they’re just funny pictures on an app designed to keep people entertained for as long as possible.
The point is this: if all your friends are active on social media and posting about how great their lives are, then maybe you feel like your own life isn’t up to snuff by comparison. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with that—maybe everyone’s life really does look amazing in comparison to yours right now! But if this thought makes you feel bad about yourself and/or makes you think negatively about your future prospects (even if those thoughts aren’t true), then consider deleting some apps from time to time so that they don’t become a source of anxiety or sadness in an otherwise happy existence.
You might feel like there’s a lot to keep up with.
Social media is an easy way to stay informed, but it can also be a constant stream of information that’s difficult to keep up with. If you’re like me, you might feel like there’s a lot to keep up with: your friends’ lives, the news stories that affect them and you, updates from companies and brands on social media platforms. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of this content coming at you in such short bursts.
It’s easy for someone who doesn’t work in social media to feel like they’re missing out on something very important happening in real time or not getting the full story because there are so many people working behind the scenes who are shaping how content is presented through analytics software and algorithms guiding what people see on their feeds.
You might not know who you are without it.
It is possible that you don’t know who you are without social media. It may be that the only way you know what is important to you and what goals in life are worth pursuing is by seeing them on Instagram or Facebook. Many people have found themselves lost and confused when they took a break from social media, because they had no idea what they wanted out of life without it as a constant guide. If this is true for you then take some time offline to figure out how much your personality has been shaped by what other people think of your online persona.
You might not care about what actually matters to you.
Social media can also be a distraction from what matters to you. It may make you feel like you need to keep up with your friends and their lives, even if they’re living in a completely different world than yours. It may make you feel like there is something wrong with you if the only happy photos on Instagram are the ones where everyone looks like they’re having fun at a party or on vacation in some exotic location—but not when they’re at home watching Netflix alone or getting ready for bed after a long day of work.
It also might make you feel like there is something wrong with your life if people don’t “like” every single thing that comes out of your mouth, or if none of them want anything to do with the things that interest them (because let me tell ya: nobody wants to hear about how great my book club was last week).
You might not feel so great about your appearance.
It’s important to remember that your life is worth more than the number of likes you get on a photo. Your life is worth more than how many people follow you on Twitter, or whether or not there are comments under your Instagram photo.
You are more than a number, and so are the people around you. Often it seems like social media makes us forget this fact and encourages us to compare ourselves with one another at an unhealthy rate. It may be easy to compare yourself with other people’s lives through social networking sites, but it’s important to remember that no matter what they have going on in their lives, everyone still has struggles and insecurities just like everyone else does too!
While social media can be fun and entertaining at times—you might find it hard not getting sucked into comparing yourself with others’ seemingly perfect lives every time they post something on their Facebook wall or share pictures from their vacations on Instagram (or whatever other site).
Social media can have a negative effect on your mental health
Understanding the dangers of social media and using it in a positive way can help prevent you from letting your mental health be negatively affected.
It’s important to note that social media is not inherently good or bad—it’s both. It can have many benefits, such as connecting with friends, staying updated on news and current events, and even helping you find jobs. But it can also do harm by causing people to compare themselves with others or become depressed after seeing too much negative content online.
To avoid these negative side effects
Be aware of how much time you spend on social media every day and consider setting limits for yourself (for example, don’t spend more than an hour per day). If you feel like your usage is becoming excessive, take a break from social media altogether for at least one day—you may be surprised at how refreshing this can be!
Try something new; maybe there are other platforms besides Facebook that might suit your needs better than before? The key is to find what works best for YOU!
So there we have it! While the mental implications of social media are not always bad, it’s important to be aware of how they can affect you and take steps to avoid them. By doing so, you will feel more confident in yourself and your ability to make decisions without being swayed by what others might think or say.