Everyone is living life to the fullest on social media and rarely do we ever see the reality.
This leaves some people feeling as though their own life is lacking or even isolated. That person must not feel the same anxieties and fears that I do. But we only see the highlights, never the roots. Like eating too many cookies, bingeing on other peoples success could do more harm than good.
There are good habits that can help reverse that harm. Like eating less cookies and more vegetables. I know vegetables are yucky and who cares about the consequences. But just give it a try.
Next time you are somewhere with family or friends put down the phone and connect to your environment. Before bed put the phone on silence or airplane mode and try to get adequate sleep. Just being mindful of your own consumption and taking care of yourself will go a long way for your mental health.
I know myself I am not perfect and I do practice these habits but not to a tee. So where do you find yourself lacking when managing your social media consumption?
Do you have similar experience? After you post some content on your social media account, you start to think about whether this post is appropriate, what your friends will think, or if you worry about deleting or re-editing it. Or have you ever felt inexplicably bored, anxious and empty after browsing social media?
Your Anxiety May Be Due To Instagram
Research indicates that Instagram is a visually oriented social media. The social world in which photos are piled up places great emphasis on looks, dresses, lines, luxury goods, and other things on the surface of life. This kind of direct, shallow, and superficial socialization is more likely to cause young people’s inferiority and anxiety.
To a certain extent, Instagram forces users to compare their unrealistic, well-crafted, filtered and modified lives with others.This kind of pressure to show perfection is the source of anxiety, because Instagram brings the illusion of “beautiful life.”
Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom also found this problem, in order to solve the pressure on users to feel that their lives are not glamorous, so Instagram launched the Stories function two years ago. The emergence of time-limited dynamics, although reducing the pressure on posting, but because the release becomes easy and time-sensitive, users share life more frequently and more trivial. We have turned the desire to “present ourselves” from post to time-limited dynamics. Does the pressure really disappear? Has the comparison really disappeared?
How to save yourself from Instagram
When browsing the lives of others on Instagram, we will improve our self-expectation and expect ourselves to live the same life as others. But in our real life, we are not expecting such an expectation, so anxiety will only increase and will not decrease.
Psychologists have suggested that a person’s self-esteem is equal to the ratio of actual achievement to self-expectation.And as the gap between self-expectation and actual achievement grows bigger, our self-esteem will be severely frustrated. Therefore, the core of eliminating anxiety is:
In each stage of life, you must set goals that are consistent with your actual ability, and accept the luck components of the results, thus protecting your self-esteem and staying away from anxiety.
Here are two articles about how social media affects your mental helth：
There have been any studies done that indicate excessive social media use can have an adverse affect on users. Besides the addictive properties and the risks of cyberbullies, social media can have a decidedly isolating effect. When we see friends getting married, going on vacation, living the life we want to live…well, that can be a little depressing.
But is it possible that your own social media activity could tell your doctor when your health might be taking a turn for the worse. According to a new study, that just may be possible. By analyzing the frequency and types of photos that users shared on Instagram, scientists from Harvard and Vermont universities were able to accurately predict who was suffering from depression.
Science may be able to tell which one is suffering from depression – just by analyzing their social media posts
The potential implications are astounding. An app could notify a doctor that a patient may be slipping into a depressive state – before the patient even realizes it themselves. Someone at risk of a mental health illness might be able to receive treatment before they even know there’s a problem.
While it’s possible that social media is causing the problem in the first place, it comes as a bit of a relief that it may be able to diagnose it in the future. It seems that social media is developing a safety net for its users – which seems to make it a friend after all.
Could your social media activity help a doctor diagnose depression? Science says it may be possible http://bit.ly/2vhu5Sq
A new study says your social media activity may be an indicator of your mental health. How could this be used to diagnose depression in the future? http://bit.ly/2vhu5Sq
Trends are some of the key ingredients to social media and promoting business, ideas, awareness and campaigns. How do we capitalize on current trends and keep track of social media feeds when it all changes so rapidly?
There are some strategies and tips to help you monitor social media and use trends.
These aren’t rocket science. It’s about staying connected, online, offline, to your business, and community. Listening to your audience and what they’re saying. Learning to follow the right people and seeing what their tweeting about. Connecting to people in meetings and outside of meetings. Oh… and of course… talking to “young people”!
Of the 7 ways to stay on top of social media trends, the tip I found most useful was the use of an RSS reader (like Google Reader). I really enjoy reading blog posts but sometimes there isn’t time! This site has suggested Google Reader can help in following 300+ blog sites by organizing them into categories. I’m not sure I’m about to go following hundreds of blogs, but I always enjoy tools to help organize and sort through to optimize my time. Check out How To: Get the most out of Google Readerfor more tips.
Do you have any apps you use to follow trends? Organize your social media feeds?
Once you start to see what’s trending on social is when you can start joining your campaign and capitalizing on media.
Like today, my social media is filled with Robin Williams comments, movies, thoughts, pictures. It’s no wonder with the sudden news of his death that mental health awareness campaigns will spread their message together with the trending news.