When Social Media Becomes Too Much

If you ask ten different people their opinions on social media, you’ll get about thirteen different answers. Personally, I find the attitude of “technology ruined everything it’s witchcraft things were better when we wrote on stone tablets” attitude that a lot of people in my parents’ generation have unbearable. Because of technology, we can do things most of us take for granted, like communicate with people across the world, and check the weather in seconds. There are a lot of wonderful things that come with development, ones that, in my opinion, far outweigh the cons that everyone is so fixated on.

That’s not to say that there aren’t drawbacks, though. Just as social media can be perfect for staying in touch and keeping up to date with current events, it can turn ugly quickly. Taking dozens of selfies to sift through and find the perfect one; stressing over how many likes a profile picture draws; wondering why someone didn’t invite me to their party group on Facebook–these are all very unhealthy things I’ve done, all born of social media. Due to its incredibly addictive nature, social media is designed to draw us in adn ensnare us in a web of virtual nuances, one that isn’t always easy to turn away from. Because it is so difficult, it’s even more important that we do, though, and there are certain tactics you can equip yourself with to do this.

The first step you can take it getting rid of your FOMO. FOMO, in case you didn’t know, is Fear of Missing Out. Being on social media only exacerbates it, and it’s easy to become manic in checking out the latest parties and shindigs, and wonder why you weren’t invited. Remind yourself that what’s put on social media is only a fraction of what actually goes on, and that you have better things to do than refresh Facebook all night. It sounds cliche, but something that can be really good for this is reading. If you allow yourself to become absorbed in another world (not electronically), you’ll be having too much fun to worry about what other people are doing. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that even if you are missing out, you can have fun by yourself.

Go for walks, too, without your iPod. Taking in your natural surroundings and observing what’s around you is not only spiritually soothing, but it also has health benefits. Life, all the best parts of it, are happening right in front of you. It’s still all about flesh and blood interaction, so strike up a conversation with a neighbor (not a stranger) or help clean up litter. There’s a whole world beyond the screen of your phone–just look up!