Social media is an incredible thing. In the last ten years, it’s completely transformed the way we live. In fact, it’s an entire industry (and hey, we aren’t complaining!). But at the same time, it can be dangerous. We definitely can understand how it isn’t always the best for our mental and emotional health – and there are some habits that we definitely need to kick.
Are you guilty of any of these social media faux-pas? Take a read and find out!
STALKING YOUR EXES ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Ok, let’s be real: we all do it. It’s just way too easy with social media in this day and age to keep up-to-date on all of their movements, and it’s totally not good. It’s not good for our mental or emotional health, and it’s definitely a habit that we need to break.
Besides the fact that it doesn’t help us move on (like, at all), it can also make us question our own self-worth: are we good enough? Is their new partner better than me? Why is he having so much more fun than I am post-breakup? All of these questions are unnecessarily caused by social media, and it’s easy to fix. Thankfully, we can “mute” profiles on social media without being that ex who blocks all their exes – so if you know you’d want to stay in touch, but not necessarily too in touch, then try that!
BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU SEE:
In the age of Instagram models, it’s so common to see picture-perfect bodies, flawless skin and #couplegoals relationships through every single scroll, but it’s easy to forget that these aren’t real.
Try to remember that not everything you see on social media is as it really is, and the power of angles, filters, and let’s be real – photoshop, is the true reason for all those double taps on that image.
CHECKING FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
You know how they say thIt’s a familiar scene: your alarm goes off, you press the “off” button, and you sit in bed for another 15 minutes scrolling through social media. Why?
Ask yourself: what is there that’s so important that you need to see at 6:00 in the morning? Nothing. The pictures and the posts and the petty drama can wait til after lunchtime. Enjoy your morning for yourself.
POSTING EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE:
Yes, oversharing is a thing. With Instagram Stories and Snapchat basically inviting your followers into your life, it’s so easy to share every single detail of your day – and it can be okay at times, but it can also be too much.
If you find yourself wanting to post something on social media a mere second after it happens, then you may need to take a step back. .
AIMLESSLY SPENDING YOUR TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
It’s so easy to spend your time scrolling through social media. When you’re using the bathroom, stuck in traffic, or just a little bored at work, your go-to is to use your phone. And you’re not to blame: it’s engrained in us! But pick up a book, put down the phone and just be present – you’ll thank us later.