We’ve got some shocking news for you. Social mediacan be addictive. Not surprised? Then you’ve probably found yourself picking up your phone and opening Instagram without even realizing you’re doing it.
And, look, before we get too into the weeds here, we do want to say that social media can have a TON of benefits. It connects people. It increases awareness. It helps you stay in the know about your local happenings. It’s not all bad. But it’s definitely worth taking a look at the ramifications of using it, then seeking out the right usage balance for yourself.
Basically, we think we all deserve to be informed about this thing that’s pervaded our lives in such a major way. So here are a few fast facts we think are worth sharing. No likes or subscribes necessary.
Turns out comparison really is the thief of joy. And, yeah, none of this is particularly uplifting news, especially if you’re a regular social media user. But it’s important to clarify that we’re not just talking aboutall social media use. Most of these studies are looking at passive social media use (think: mindlessly scrolling your feed) and itseffect on wellbeing. Active engagement with social media, like commenting on your friends’ pics or chiming into that group message to help plan your high school reunion, is different.
Long story short: social media can bum you out. It can encourage you to compare yourself to other people, pretty invariably with unfavorable results. It can straight up mess with the way you think. But don’t throw your phone out just yet. It’s all about how you use it.
Here are a few quick tips to help you use social safely and healthily:
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