Communicating with other people is usually good for our health.
But there is also evidence that such interaction suppresses human relationships, lowers self-esteem, and makes us feel lonely and isolated. Here’s what experts have to offer to stay in touch in a smarter way.
Track your time on social media
The first step is to diagnose the problem. This means that you need to know how much time you spend on social media. Use the app to track your use of social media for instant results (and possibly one that may set time limits for you).
Be selective about who and why you follow
Keep an eye out for accounts that inspire, engage, and connect us with ideas and people we care about. Stop keeping track of accounts that make you feel insecure or upset.
Browse with greater awareness
Some people look intently at social media, realizing that people selectively share what they want to share. Remember that social media feeds are “the highlight of other people’s lives.” Do not look at the fact that each image is proof that other people are happier and live better. This usually leads to less productive thoughts and self-assessments.
Take time to disconnect
As with many things in life, moderation is important. Choose a time in your day not to actively check social networks. Keep your phone and other devices in another room to avoid temptation.
Use social media on purpose
Healthy use of social networks means using them in a way that supports other parts of your life, such as family time, work, exercise, and other interests. This means that you present yourself as real, thinking about what you want to say and to whom you want to say it, and reacting thoughtfully to others.