How to make your relationship with social media successful

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How to make your relationship with social media successful

Too much of anything can be bad for you and this is certainly the case with social media. It has become a huge platform for many people to document moments, as well as a way to express their views. For many of us it has become the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we look at before we go to bed. Recently, the Huffington Post published an article showing why people decided to go cold turkey and quit social media completely:

  1. ‘The day I realised social media might be an issue was on 4th July when I was out watching a firework show with friends. I was so invested in snapping a good video of it, that I basically ended up watching the whole show through my camera phone.’ 
  1. ‘I was too dependent on it for validation. Getting likes on Instagram or screenshots on my Snapshot story were like a drug to me, and I was very addicted.’
  1. ‘I have no friends to be social with.’
  1. ‘I realised that for every good Facebook post I saw, there were at least 10 others that would put me in a bad mood.’

Although social media helps us communicate with new people and creates a platform for creative outlets, there are still many disadvantages:

  • Comparison

Social media features glorified representations of people’s lives and others who see this may feel as though their lives amount to less. This is particularly true when people are already feeling low, and on seeing another’s achievements they become unhappy. Using social media too much can make individuals feel hopeless and unsatisfied with their own lives.

  • FOMO

‘Fear of missing out’. Always seeing that members of your social circle are travelling and doing new things can cause anxiety. Many individuals begin to believe that they must document their lives online so that people will think that they too are interesting.

  • Lack of concentration and productivity

A lot of the time, we tend to have other tabs open whilst we are doing something important, and that page is often a social media platform. This habit can cause people to struggle with concentration, as they begin to find it hard to focus on one task at a time.

  • It can interrupt our activities

People are no longer paying attention to what is going on around them. Instead of  engaging in social activities, they are constantly on their phones. They find it difficult to focus on other things without having their phone in their hand.

Taking a break from social media has proven to make people happier. For many, taking a break has lowered levels of stress and anxiety, and it helps to increase productivity. So why don’t you try to take a break from social media and discover other satisfying ways in which you can utilise your time!

*Sources
 https://www.brandwatch.com/blog/96-amazing-social-media-statistics-and-facts-for-2016/
http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic
http://blog.degreed.com/10-ways-social-media-affects-our-mental-health/
https://www.bustle.com/articles/137275-7-ways-social-media-can-affect-your-self-esteem
http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/technology/social-media-addiction
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