Tips | Healthy Social Media use

Nowadays social media has a big impact on our lives. We spend quite some time on our laptops or phones scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, name it. I have never been fond of social media, but because of my blog I am more active now. But I do set my borders and want to use it in a healthy and positive way. Here are some tips to use social media in a good way!

Don’t be ‘fake’

One of the problems with social media is that people only post the best things of their lives. Pictures are being photoshopped and the less beautiful parts of their lives aren’t exposed. It seems like everyone’s life is perfect while they probably are not.
Of course you don’t want to post everything on social media, set borders for what stays private. But keep in mind that you don’t have to seem perfect.

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Don’t compare

This has to do with the last point. Because so many people only post the nice things, their lifes seem perfect. If you start comparing yours to theirs, you will get unhappy because yours seems a lot worse. Nobody’s perfect! Focus on your own life instead of others, everyone has less positive things in their life.

Don’t believe everything you read

A wonderful thing about the internet is that you can get a lot of knowledge from it in a short amount of time. But there are a lot of sources on the internet. And not everyone will be right. DO be careful where you get your information from and don’t believe everything you read. Even professional studies can be wrong, so keep using your own logic ;).

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Don’t avoid other tasks

I can easily spent more than an hour scrolling through Pinterest and lose track of time. While I maybe have to study or do homework. Don’t use social media as procastination. A better option is to use it as a reward after you’ve done your tasks.

Do move toward face-to-face interaction

One of the problems I personally have with social media is the interpretation of things people text. I’m a person who pays a lot of attention to body language. When I am texting, I miss that communication. So sometimes I struggle with how to interpretate something. In that way you can also get a lot more arguments on social media due to wrong interpretations.

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Borders for posts

Remember to ask yourself when posting, commenting or sending a message: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? And maybe also ask yourself ‘Would I also say this in ‘real life’/face-to-face?’ In that way you prevent regretting a post. Only post what you can say in real life.

Model good behaviour

People have a tendency to copy others behaviour (if you’re Dutch you can read more about that here). So if you model good behaviour people are more likely to show good behaviour themselves too. And again a question to ask yourself: would you also do this face-to-face?

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Be respectful of others’ opinions even if you don’t agree with them

Social media is a place with a lot of opinions. So of course you’re not gonna agree with all of them. And that’s okay. Everyone has their own opinion, please respect them.

Check if your privacy settings are secure

For example, it’s not smart to post your location and address on social media, you could get stalkers or a burglary if you’ve posted your address and for example that you’re on vacation.

Make sure that you carefully screen online friends or followers

Maybe there are some people that you would rather not want to be followed by. In that way you can also get more privacy by posting some post for your friends only.

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Check the source before you click

Don’t click on every link you see, there can be a computer virus behind it.

I hope these tips will help you. Of course they’re just tips and not obligations. What’s your best tip regarding social media? Let me know in the comments!

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