There will be a lot of backlash if you continue to use social media in an unhealthy way. Why? Because we’re so engrossed in our Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok feeds these days. At the very least, we check two of these social media sites on a daily basis. Most months, I’ve found myself mindlessly perusing Facebook and Twitter in search of something to divert my attention from work or school. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent social networking platforms. However, these advantages are only available to individuals who use social media for good. As a general rule, most of us spend our time on social media looking for something to occupy our minds.
Today, social media has become a type of epidemic. Whoever you connect with on social media is eventually driving a chasm between us and the relationships we want to create. To provide just one example, political discourse has devolved into a quagmire of narrow-minded remarks, sensationalistic stories chock-full of conspiracy theories, and an all-out conflagration of hostility. Because of these factors, I don’t have a close relationship with my father.
Despite its potential as a political time bomb, social media can also serve as a nice diversion from our daily routines. Instagram models are worshipped by some like the Dalai Lama, while Twitter is a daily habit for others. They rob us of precious time with loved ones, future employers and even ourselves because of these diversions. We have a lot more in common with our Facebook “friends” than just their names and the amount of “friends” we have. We may not have spoken to some of those people in a long time. What’s so important about what they did?
Finally, the time spent on social media should be better spent working on one’s own development. Is that four-hundred page book that your favorite social media influencer recommended to you a few weeks ago still sitting on your shelf? Be yourself. Good for you, if you succeeded. If not, it’s time to reassess how you use your free time. Social media may deplete our resources, including our time and energy, preventing us from focusing on more important things like starting a business, writing a book, or shooting a picture shoot. It’s because of this last issue that the majority of individuals find themselves wallowing in feelings of misery and guilt. Social media can be a beneficial thing, and eliminating the habit of overusing it might actually improve our lives..
It’s time for a fix
For all its usefulness, social media is both a godsend and a curse.. We can communicate with folks across the country, across continents, and even across time zones. However, more often than not, we are left feeling isolated and alone in this world. Alienation occurs as a result of the “bonds” we desire to form on social media being severed by political rants, social movements, and thoughtless messages. You must first conquer your “fear of missing out” in order to break the dangerous habit of overusing social media. It’s common for people to fall in love with social media because it makes them feel like they’re part of a community. This isn’t really true at all. Trying to keep up with that Instagram model or friend who is a neutron star could make us feel more self-conscious or less confident than if we just did our own thing on our own. In order to break this unhealthy behavior, you must first overcome your fear of missing out.
We must also disable all notifications. For Facebook, this was the most time-consuming task I’ve ever undertaken. Check out some of the most pointless videos that get shared on social media. Checking alerts all the time means we’re taking more time away from the people we care about than we’re giving to them. Is it truly worth the effort? No. To change this habit, it’s critical to switch off all notifications on the social media platforms we use the most.
Finally, if we must check our social media accounts, we should do it with a clear intention. Not all social media platforms are made equal, as is true for the majority of people. YouTube is one of the most useful and dangerous social media platforms available today. YouTube is both helpful and dangerous. It can help us learn new things, but it can also clog our brains with useless information. As a result, we must make an effort to use social media in a specific way. To be quite honest, one of my favorite ways to pass the time during the day is by watching YouTube videos. The truth is, though, Every day, I set aside some time to peruse YouTube in search of a new life tip to try out. If any of you are planning to establish a business, there are a number of outlets where you can find useful book recommendations. Take a look at what your favorite content providers are doing on Instagram and Twitter to see if you can incorporate their tactics into your own. Regardless of what you use social media for, don’t allow it to suck up all of your time and energy.
Social networking is both a boon and a bane for many people nowadays. A blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it. A lot of time is spent on social media. If we can’t just turn off alerts or let go of our FOMO, why not use that time productively? We shouldn’t let social media ruin our life. So long as we’re stuck in the mud of self-pity or despair, we’ll feel envious of people who seem to be doing better than we are.
The End of the Road
The power of a person’s habits cannot be overstated. The best ones actually improve our quality of life. Those who harm us stay with us for a long time, however. These five negative behaviors that I’ve noticed in my own life are the focus of this post, which also includes (hopefully) helpful suggestions on how to break them. When we eliminate the negative and focus on the positive, we can do so much more. Our physical, emotional, cerebral, interpersonal, and personal life will be ruined if we don’t cultivate the appropriate habits. This is why it’s so important to me that you at least consider following my advice in order to break one of these harmful behaviors.