Social network sites are unarguably an inseparable part of our lives now. Some people indeed choose not to use them, but there are huge benefits of using one. However, the social medias come as double-edged sword. If you’re using it not wise enough, it may actually ended up hurting yourself.
Of course, there are a lot of ways to use social medias wisely and more beneficially. Here are few ways to stay healthy and wise with social media :
- Limit the time you spend on social media. Ha, but it doesn’t get simpler than this. Check objectively how much time you spend on each platform. Try setting yourself a time limit that suits your life best. There are plenty of apps to help with this.
- Monitor where you see social media most. Commit to not checking social media during meals with family and friends, and when playing with children or talking with a partner.
- No screens in the bedroom. Don’t keep your phone or computer in the bedroom, as it can’t disrupt your sleep.
- Try having a detox. Go for a few days without social media. See how you feel. If you start to have anxiety you might have the case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Watch yourself for signs of addiction.
- Pay attention to how you feel. If whatever you seeing makes you feel worst, not good enough, anxious then stop it. There is no reason for you to feel this way. Content that doesn’t benefit your life, doesn’t have a place in it at all.
- Clean your feed. Over time you find yourself having lots of online friends, organisations, businesses that you follow. Some content might still be interesting, other might be not relevant, boring or simply annoying. Clean, delete, unfollow often. It’s like cleaning your closet, it’s good for your head.
- Turn off notifications. There is nothing so important that you have to know about it the minute it appears online. Live your life on your own schedule, don’t be chained to the cell phone.
- Go outside and meet with people. Invite your friend for a coffee, go out, see people, go for a date. Don’t limit your social interaction only to online.
Don’t post things that can put you in danger as well, like “I’m home alone now,” “Nobody’s home,” etc. There are real cases that some people take advantage of these situations to commit crime you don’t want one. Do you have any advices of your own? Feel free to share it in the comments.