Many people spend time on sites like Facebook and other social media outlets. These can help you stay in touch with friends and family, which is a good thing and can offer support. It can also lighten up your day, with cute videos and pictures. Like many other things, it can also be stressful and make you feel worse. So if your time spent on social media isn’t leaving you feeling better, positive and more helpful about your life and the world, what can you do about it?
Here are some suggestions:
- Limit your time. Overindulging in anything is not a good idea. If you don’t get off the computer thinking “that was time well spent”, spend less time looking at the screen.
- Stop falling into the comparison trap. Everybody puts their best image forward, but that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story of their lives. Looking at photos of others having a “wonderful” time when you’re feeling low can make you feel even lower. People often compare themselves to others they perceive as doing better. It is important to remember, there are almost always people doing worse.
- Avoid social media sites that stir up negative emotions. If something leaves you feeling more angry and depressed, consider the fact that some sites intentionally manipulate your emotions to get you to stay longer. Don’t fall for that! If you find yourself increasingly upset and agitated, leave that website!
- Don’t take the bait. People often say provocative things. Political speech has become increasingly divided and nasty. Engaging in verbal arguments online with people you may or may not have ever met is a losing proposition. If someone puts something online that offends you, or directly reaches out to provoke you, don’t bite. Fisherman put bait on the end of the line to catch an unsuspecting fish. Be smarter than the fish and don’t eat the bait. There is always a hook and will get you at the end!
So what is the answer to whether social media is good for you?
It depends how you use it. If you can connect with people who are supportive, loving and caring, it can be a source of joy and comfort. It can help you stay connected with friends and family far away. But it can also be a source of irritation and sadness. Choose the good, and stay away from the bad.
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Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.