Social Comparison/Social Media
Understand the Impact of Social Media
“It’s so funny how social media was just this fun thing, and now it’s this monster that consumes so many millennial lives.” ~ Cazzie David
- The last decade has experienced massive growth in the reach and magnitude of social media. In fact, it has penetrated into every dimension of human existence. Just like daily activities, it has become an indispensable part of the routine. While it is true that it is a valuable communication tool applauded for interactivity and connectivity. However, it is equally important to scrutinize its potential impact on your life.
- Although, it is typically used as a communication tool. However, it exerts an invisible and robust authority on your decisions, actions, behaviors, and thoughts. In fact, it has been labelled as addictive similar to drugs. Besides, it has been linked to shorter attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathize and communicate face-to-face, etc. Additionally, it affects your nervous system, eye strain, social withdrawal or lack of sleep, social comparison, stress, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, etc. Moreover, it results in serious physical disorders, socio-economic disturbance, and other consequences. Therefore, it is important to explore the full extent of its consequences. Only then, you will be able to devise ways to protect against these consequences.
* Manage Your Time for Social Media Usage
- While it is true that no-one can stay immune to social media in today’s digitally connected world. However, its negative impact on your health and well-being cannot be ignored. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely forego this wonderful tool. On the contrary, you must learn to manage your time for social media usage. In other words, you should limit when and where to use it. You must devise a balanced schedule that accommodates every aspect of life. In short, it should not restrict you from enjoying in-person communications and other activities. For instance, disconnect from it when you are with your friends and family. In fact, make sure to have sufficient time with them. Additionally, ensure it is not distracting you from your professional work. Moreover, you should avoid its usage during your sleep hours. Apart from it, stay clear of using it while driving.
- In short, you should always keep a check on how much time you spend on social media. Additionally, stay aware of when and where you are spending this time. This oversight will guide you in avoiding the pitfalls of social media addiction.
* Learn to Use Social Media in a Positive Way
- Granted that social media harbors a significant potential to ruin our health and well-being. In fact, it can be addictive, damaging, and toxic. However, an important point is often overlooked. Just like any other technology, social media is also neither good nor bad in itself. In fact, the real problem lies in the way people use it and its role in their lives. It is quite evident that most people on social media are constantly on a hunt for other’s approval. This leads them to the much-dreaded trap of social comparison. Consequently, it triggers a chain reaction that leads to loneliness, low self-esteem, and other mental health issues.
- However, there is a healthy way out of this in your hands. You just need to make a positive choice of using it effectively and sensibly. In other words, you need to re-model your approach in dealing with this productive platform. You should learn to utilize it intentionally in a positive and healthy manner to enhance your life. With mindful and healthy habits, check the time spent on social media usage and it’s quality. This will facilitate a deep insight into the root cause of the problem. As a result, you can easily develop an effective strategy to utilize the benefits without falling prey to its negative influence. In short, you need to start using it responsibly.
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