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This post deserves to be its own series. I also already did a post about positivity on social media, which you can check out here.
This week in one of my grad classes, we took surveys to see how addicted we were to technology and social media.
I’m sure it comes to no surprise to you that I scored in the 90s for cell phone / social media addiction.
Guys, I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but social media is seriously so so bad for our mental health.
Lets talk instagram, my favorite social media. You scroll and scroll and scroll. Do you know the people you follow? Have you ever talked to them in person? Do you like their pictures? Do you ACTUALLY LIKE their pictures?
Social media forces us to compare ourselves to others, a concept quite literally known as “social comparison theory.”
“Wow she’s so skinny, I need to go to the gym.”
“Oh they went to this super cool bar this weekend, I sat home on the couch.”
“I wish I looked like that.”
Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we think this is normal?
Social media is literally ruining our lives.
(Okay Briana, stop acting like the sky is falling).
Before you start calling me chicken little, I want to propose a challenge for you for this weekend: pay attention to your social media use - are you scrolling through posts or do you stop like/comment?
The research shows (lol what an annoying phrase, but here I go anyways) that if you find yourself scrolling through, not really liking the posts, just looking - you are much more likely to feel WORSE about yourself when you come away from the app. This tends to happen 50% more often than not.
Second weekend challenge: spread the social media love. I LOVE Instagram, which is why I try to push that awkward enthusiasm and positivity on the posts of people I follow. I know it seems weird and awkward, but YOU SHOULD DO THIS. I guarantee, when you spread positivity into your community, it will come back to you.
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Until next time,