How many of you would say your social media use is at a healthy level? When I say healthy I mean that it doesn’t run your life. You don’t stop everything in the middle of the day just to check all of your accounts, it doesn’t affect your job or school productivity, you don’t stay up late scrolling and scrolling, and it doesn’t affect your self-esteem or make you jealous. Odds are, we all have a semi-unhealthy relationship with social media. Yes, social media is a great way to connect with people and is a fun distraction from life, but it can become almost an addiction if you aren’t careful. Here are a few ways to make sure your relationship with social media is a healthy one.
- Schedule time for social media: If you are like me, you end up scrolling your social media pages multiple times a day. I don’t even want to know how much time a day I waste doing that. To keep yourself more productive, designate a certain time of day to check your accounts and stick to it. Maybe it is checking it once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.
- Delete the apps: If you have a tough time staying away from social media during the day, then delete the apps off of your phone. This doesn’t delete your accounts, it just deletes the easy access to them. It forces you to log on to the accounts on your computer instead of your phone so access to the sites isn’t as easy or instant.
- Be smart about who you follow: I know there are some people I follow on Instagram that I tend to get really jealous of. I get envious of their hair, their clear skin, even the places they travel! If you are following people that make you feel bad about yourself or make you feel left out, it is time to stop following them. The more time you spend comparing yourself with other people on social media the more depressed you get. Studies prove it! Just remind yourself that these are just posts, and their life isn’t as good as they make it look. A picture doesn’t tell their whole story.
Healthy social media use means that it doesn’t interfere with your happiness or self-esteem, and it doesn’t take up large amounts of your time. Social media is a great outlet when you’re smart with the way you use it!