Hello, and welcome to the Overstock US blog! My name is Dan, I'll be your author every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
With the new year upon us, I've heard a lot of people say that they want to cut down on their social media as a resolution.
I think that's an excellent resolution, and also thought it would be great to share with you 5 ways how social media affects your well being.
5. Self Esteem
As the old saying goes, "Comparison is the enemy of joy."
Frequently checking social media inevitably leads to you comparing yourself to others who you may think are more healthy, wealthy, or happy.
Becoming more aware of how much time you spend envying other's lives on social media will help you focus more on your own well being and self-love.
Although social media is great for looking back on past memories, it can in fact alter the way in which you remember them.
The time spent trying to take that 'perfect picture' can actually take away from you enjoying the experience firsthand.
Taking time out of being present in the experience to 'capture the moment' can alter the moment into something else completely.
3. Attention Span
Although there is now a wealth of information at our fingertips, it has led us to rely less on our own minds and more so on our own devices.
Also, the ability to jump from app to app once one bores us makes it more difficult for us to focus on one thing at a time in the real world.
2. Human Connection
Being friends in the virtual world does not equate to being friends in the real world.
Spending too much time on social networks can lower your social communication. Ironic, isn't it?
Having to disagree and effectively communicate with someone face to face is much more difficult than behind a screen, but it does build honest communication skills necessary for authentic human connection, something the world seems to be lacking lately.
Most screens have what's called a blue light that illuminate the background.
The effects that this blue light has on our circadian rhythm has been studied since its inception, and has been proven to have negative effects.
An easy way to fix this is to turn off all screens at least an hour before you go to bed.
Look, I'm not saying to totally cut out all social media right at this moment, just ease off on it.
It's great for keeping up with old and new friends, but the real world is much more fascinating than the matrix in your pocket.
Reading helps me a lot; infinite wisdom trumps infinite scrolling.
Have a great weekend.
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