Social media is a revolution that has changed the life of many of us. According to the words of Amy Jo Martin, “Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.” Moreover, it eliminates the line of difference and geographical barriers.
Over the last 15 years, the use of social media has grown substantially. As per the data of Emarsys (2019), 45% of the world’s population use social media for various reasons. Like social media can be a powerful tool for professionals and businesses and can help them earn a hefty sum. And for individuals, it is a great tool for networking. So, it has both positive and negative impacts, and you are the one to decide how to use it. The excessive and wrong use of the same can cost you a lot! Yes, in terms of time, energy and money as well. Thus, social media demands discipline.
Well, have you ever come across the situation of Social Media Depression? Or have you ever given it thought? Yes, such a thing exists.
Social Media Depression – The Concept
The use of social media platforms is an inevitable part of our daily routine. Studies show that some people spend hours on social media every day. And this can negatively impact the life of an individual.
Though, there is an ongoing debate on whether social media can make you depressed or not but studies establish a relationship that its excessive use can deteriorate your mental health. In other ways, experiments have shown that a decline in social media usage lowers the feeling of depression and loneliness in the people.
Potential Outcomes of Excessive Social Media Use
- Feeling sad/low
- Fear of missing out (FOMO)
The need is to use social media platforms carefully, in a disciplined manner. Keep reading to find how!
Preventing Social Media Depression – The Ways
Put a cap on the use of social media
Decide on how much time you should spend on social media each day. It would be good to limit it to 30 to 45 minutes a day. In this way, you will get more time for yourself and the people around you. Anyways, looking at social media feeds, stories and timelines the entire day doesn’t make any sense. Instead, think of how social media can help you!
Don’t let social media interfere in your life
Don’t know if you have observed or not but there is a common practice that social media users follow. Some people keep posting about big events, fancy things, foreign travels etc. they are indulging in just to show off. Sensibly, this should not affect any person in anyways. But, the problem is that a few individuals start comparing themselves with those so-called hotshot people. And get fascinated by their lifestyle; a life full of charm, happiness, and what not! What these individuals don’t understand is that such people have problems too, and they don’t make it public. And why would any person do so? So, the need is to remain practical and realistic. Face your life the way it comes to you. Or else, you might get anxious and start feeling low.
Channelize the resources to productive goals
Looking at the phone on every social media notification negatively affects your concentration. Especially if you are doing this while working, you are wasting your time. Believe it or not, social media addiction leads to distraction. In turn, it leads to stress and the reasons could be many, including delay in work completion and error. Thus, it is good to follow the “no mobile” rule while at work. Of course, use it for necessary calls and messages but not for time pass. Otherwise too, instead of looking at Facebook, Insta, and other social media apps every other minute, you can do something more productive; be it self-development, social work or any other task.
Try to live in real life more than the virtual world
These days, you might have seen individuals operating their phones even in a social setting. Some people are more interested in scrolling Facebook than spending time with family members and friends even when they are in the middle of these people. Moreover, at times, you can see all the group members busy with their phones. Such a scene indicates people love the virtual world more. Instead of sharing real-life stories and making memories, people are more interested in others’ lives.
Be selective while posting content on social media
We all enjoy posting life-events, pics, thoughts, and travel plans on social media. The intention could be anything, right from informing friends to keeping track of memories. However, sharing every personal activity or travel plans, political thoughts etc. on social media is not a good practice. Doing this occasionally is okay. You need to understand that social media is not your diary, where you keep recording every routine activity.
Not taking every bit of your personal life to social media is required. And the same is true vice versa. Not all content on social media deserve a place in your mind. Stop paying attention to showy things. Let’s be real.