Social media can seem draining to some people, which causes them to take hiatuses or breaks. I think that is a healthy, and sometimes very much needed, option. However, we should strive to enhance the health of our social media experience during current use. This seems like a weird concept, but everything that you see, read, or hear will affect you in one way or another.
I currently use Twitter and Instagram for my socials. I’m not a big fan of Facebook, Snapchat, or anything else (I’m sorta learning how to use TikTok with my many Renegade videos, LOL). I spend most of my time on Twitter. Twitter is a great way to keep up with the world in a timely fashion. It’s a lot like watching a 24 hour news station with a larger range of topics. Instagram is just cool pictures. I’m more likely to avoid posting or scrolling on Instagram, than I am on Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, Instagram is also a great method of information intake; however, it’s not as intuitive as Twitter and was created primarily to share photographs.
It’s not too often that I take social media hiatuses. I’m the type of person who likes to be in the know, always. There are times where I will find myself not posting, but theres’s hardly ever a time where I’m not receiving information. With this being said, I realized that I have to have a healthy experience, especially when it’s something I choose to do everyday.
Creating A Healthy Social Media Space
If it doesn’t apply, let it fly. If it does apply, still let it fly.
Take your heart off of your sleeve. You’re reading the opinions of people you don’t know, nor do they know you. You don’t have to respond to everything someone says to you. Once you respond or post, be willing to accept comments (good or bad). Take it lightly. If you walk away from social media finding yourself upset from someone else’s opinion, I think this would be a good time to figure out about what exactly is angering you. If you do find yourself being triggered by certain topics or words, be sure to use the “mute” function, which is featured on some social media apps.
Comparison is the thief of all joy.
The grass is not always greener on the other side. Do you think people are posting their worst moments, like that bad breakup, losing their job, being late on a bill? No, I don’t think so. It’s normal to compare what someone shows you on social media to what’s going on in your life, but… just stop doing it. Definitely easier said than done.
Find joy in your accomplishments and the things that you do for fun. Change your perspective when looking at photos or reading posts, instead of immediately comparing or becoming jealous. That cool vacation one of your followers just went on, use that as motivation to do the same. Her boyfriend just proposed to her, and you’re thinking that that will never happen for you. Yes, it will. Take some time out to meet new people. He dresses so nice, I don’t. Spend more time looking at fashion magazines or paying attention to celebrity styles and create your own.
Be intentional with who you follow.
Many people wake up and immediately pick up their phones, which is cool, but what’s the first thing you’re digesting upon awakening, and I’m not talking about breakfast. If you’re reading negativity first thing in the morning, how do you think the rest of your day will go? There is so much power in the tongue and MIND. Be intentional with who you follow. Be comfortable enough to unfollow people whose content no longer align with your values. It’s okay. You have full control over your social media pages, use it. Be willing to engage in the algorithms found on said apps and create the page you’ve always wanted with the information that means the most to you. Doing this will guarantee a good experience, no cap.
Is this too much for social media?
To be honest, if you have to ask yourself this, then the answer is probably yes. If you have to think twice about posting it, then don’t post it. Be aware that there are consequences to everything you post. The world is very very sensitive these days, so tread lightly. “Cancel Culture” is REAL.
Let’s not even talk about how some jobs are cognitive of their employee’s socials. The last thing you want is to be fired for something you’ve said online. Be careful not to display identifying information like addresses or exact locations when you’re alone. I would actually try not to even mention my place of employment. I know you want to be congratulated about your new accomplishment that was just sent to your email, but try not to mention the establishment or any superior’s names. People can be so envious. I’ve literally seen someone threaten to call another person’s superior in order for them to lose their position, all because of something said online.
Seriously, you control whatever social media experience you have, whether that’s by blocking people or limiting how much you post. Social media is an amazing place to get new ideas, meet new people, and learn new information. It should not be a place that causes anxiety, stress, or anger.