We need to talk about social media. We can’t discredit the fact that social media comes with some pretty sick perks. You know… funny filters, instant communication, hilarious memes. And, of course, it makes long waits in line at Starbucks fly by and elevator rides with strangers less awkward.
But – sorry to be the bearer of bad news – you can have too much of a good thing. Let us explain.
You’re laying around scrolling through Snap stories and you see one friend enjoying one of those famous rainbow bagels in the city, and another group of friends laughing along their cross-country road trip. Is everyone having fun except you?
Social media shouldn’t cause FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Why spend time envying other people’s experiences when you can create your own?
Everything is not as it seems.
Would you post an Instagram of yourself binge-watching Netflix with a tub of ice cream? Or, would you rather share a pic from that fancy dinner you got all dressed up for?
Realize that people typically only share their most positive experiences. Too much social media can leave you feeling like you’re somehow failing. In reality, we’re all going through the same daily motions!
You may “miss” the experiences.
We’ve reached a point where our first instinct is to document everything on social media whenever we see something cool. Everyone has to know how awesome this experience is, right? But are you actually experiencing it when your only focus is capturing the moment on Snapchat? Think about it.
It’s important to unplug.
Sometimes you just need a little social media break in order to relax and unwind. Not only does this give your eyes a rest from that pesky blue light, but you can also take time to clear your mind and focus on yourself.
You’re not defined by likes.
It’s pretty satisfying when you can rack up a few hundred likes on the ‘gram, or when your funny shower thought got re-tweeted a bunch of times. It may be a problem when the amount of “likes” you get begins to consume your mind, though.
Post what you want, but don’t feel down when something you shared doesn’t get the attention you hoped for. Trust us, your friends still like you.
Think you’re experiencing social media overload? Let us know how you get yourself back in check!