Today it is almost impossible to spend a day away from social media. Admit it, even on holiday you’re tempted to check your Facebook, if not to post a ‘hot dog leg’ selfie.
If I’m honest with myself, I spend the majority of the day scrolling through my news feed because:
1. I’m bored.
2. I’m nosey.
3. I’m still bored.
I also do enjoy the thought of having a glimpse into the lives of people I would hardly ever hear from without social media. Old friends from home, previous colleagues, friends from university but that just adds to the fact that I’m nosey.
So as we spend most of our time on social media, why don’t we try and find ways for it to improve our state of mind? Here’s a few ways to use social media to make you happy…
I know people cringe at the thought of selfies but they are a good and quick ego boost. You take a picture, you may or may not edit it (Valencia is a personal Instagram filter favourite of mine, just sayin’) you post it and voila! The likes start rolling in and the comments leave you with a smile on your face and the mentality of “Move over Tyra, my smize is on point!”
2. Don’t judge
We are very quick to judge whilst our thumbs are swiping up, down, left and right. Perhaps you’ve just come across someones cringey holiday pictures from Ibiza or you are sick to death of that ONE baby that is on your newsfeed EVERYDAY but ask yourself, if the shoe was on the other foot would you do it? You want to share the moments that make you smile on social media; your holiday, your achievements and your family and friends and obviously no baby is as cute as yours is or ever will be so everyone on Facebook has to see it, all the time. Not everyone’s posts are going to be your cup of tea, but your posts aren’t going to be liked by everyone either so try not to judge. You’ll feel better for it, which brings me to point number three…
3. SPREAD THE LOVE!
Don’t be shy, that like button is there to be used. Why has there become so much thought into what a like or favourite “really means”. If you like something, show it. Comment and engage with your fellow online friends and actually use social media to communicate with people. We are becoming so passive on social media we aren’t using it to it’s full potential. Talking to other people online can keep relationships strong and also build new ones with new people (as long as you know who they are, stranger danger is real!). I have often had a few glasses of wine and found my thumb going wild with the likes because I actually like the post and I’m not overthinking whether this like will sound sarcastic or too keen. So let go of all the paranoia and enjoy social media. You’ll make yourself feel better and others around you in the online hemisphere.
4. Start a blog!
I know most of you reading this are my fellow online authors but if you aren’t, start a blog or write an article. You can use social media to write down your every thought. Your laptop can become your own personal psychologist. Just getting everything off your chest will make you feel better instantly and an online blog is something you can keep forever. Your blogs can inspire others to write and may spark debates between other bloggers. If an issue particularly makes you want to write, you can bet your life that the same issue will make people want to read about it. A blog will also look good on your CV so get to it!
So instead of mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. get involved and use social media to make you happy!