We are living in an era where people can spend more than 12 hours a day using social media. Scrolling, liking, commenting, and constant online engagement can significantly impact people’s identities, experiences, and mental health
Here is a list of 4 tips to use social media use responsibly:
Don’t just take a picture, live the moment. Taking pictures is fun but being in the here and now and enjoying the moment you’re living is important for your connections and experiences. A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology by Tamira et. al. reports that media usage could even change or reduce our memories of life events.
Follow people and things that makes you feel good. Consider following those who are close to you, bring you joy, and who will be there when you need them.
Keep it real. Don’t hesitate to delete apps such as Facebook and Instagram from your phone if these are causing stress or a bad mood. Like we said, spending time with friends and family instead of scrolling through social media is the key.
Don’t start your day scrolling. Starting your day using social media may not be the healthiest way to begin your day, as you cannot control what you’re going to see. Seeing something negative could potentially determine your mood or attitude for the rest of the day. Try starting with meditation, prayer, stretching, or positive affirmations instead.