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Social media, it’s something all of us use, and a reality that children are now introduced to at a very young age. It’s a powerful tool that seems to be involved in the daily lives of many people. Millions of people are constantly flocking to popular social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Vine to give and receive the latest scoop on almost everything.
Don’t get me wrong, in some ways this is awesome because there is no denying that social media has connected us all in ways we couldn’t have imagined. This connection allows us all to become more aware of valuable information, and it also allows us to share it. Some of this is information that we wouldn’t have easy access to if it weren’t for these social media platforms. The rapid growth of social media is likely the leading contributor to why alternative media platforms -such as our site -have become as widespread as they are today.
Within this article however, I would like to focus on the other side to social media -in particular some of the habits, addictions and ego driven things many of us seem to do quite regularly. Here is a list of 7 things that I believe we all need to stop doing on social media:
(We have also done a video on this which you can check out here.)
1. Stalk The Life Of A Former Partner
We’ve all done it, some of us openly flat out love to do it, but that doesn’t necessarily make it healthy. Using social media to regularly check in and follow the life of a former partner is a surefire way to keep unnecessary attachments strong and also sets you up for a lot of drama filled mental comparison. It’s one thing to use social media to remain friends with an ex, but it’s another thing to use it as a tool to keep track of them. Remember that you broke up for a reason, you never did own them and certainly do not now and monitoring their every move will only preoccupy you with thoughts in the opposite direction of truly moving on.
2. Create An Ideal You
One thing that social media profiles offer us that real life interaction cannot, is the opportunity to master the creation of a false persona. We hand select which pictures we post, formulate the perfectly witty status update and choose to follow and like the groups and posts that we feel best represent who we want to be perceived as. The end result, an ideal you that in reality I’m sure very few of us can actually live up to. Rather than creating a false self that is bound to crumble if ever faced in person, why not use social media as the perfect platform to truly be yourself and connect with likeminded individuals?
3. Poke Fun Of Or Respond To Something Angrily
Being on the other end of a bigger social media page I regularly get to see all of the colours of social media commenting. No matter how researched, factually supported, or simple a post you put up may be, you will always have 1 to 2 “smart ass” remarks for every 50 made in support. It’s not to say that everyone needs to agree with everything that is posted or shared, it’s just that there is a definitive difference between constructive criticism that presents an opposing view to be considered and a smart ass remark fuelled by spite, anger or hatred. Next time you find yourself disagreeing with something, opt to take the more sensible approach, which ultimately is way more likely to be taken seriously.
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