Something we all use and love now a days (well, its love and hate)… social media.
If you’re like me and always on it… it can be very bad… but it can be very good.
I saw this quote about social media and it’s becoming something I want to share to everyone, especially the newer generations..
Side note: Isn’t this quote amazing, Dave Willis you rock for this quote… if he is the one who even made the quote but whoever made this quote. It’s amazing and I’m using it as a life quote. One day in my little, medium size or big office as a high school guidance counselor, I will have this quote (along with many others) on the wall. Maybe little info guides about social media and mental health!
Anyways, social media can be very helpful. It can connect us to a new type of “social support” but of course, it’s not a physical social support, which is proven better for our health. Physical social support but realistically, not everyone always has access to that. So social media can really help in that sense. Apps like Talklife or vent can be very helpful. Other mental health social media apps where they provide a community is super helpful to people. Myself included!
Use your social media to make an impact in the world. I know I have an Instagram, Twitter, tumblr and FB for Lots of Love by Jade but I don’t always use them because I’m too busy with college and other things… and honestly, on my own social media for my personal self. And that isn’t always good. I do still post encouraging pictures and quotes and tell others how beautiful they are and compliment people so I’m not completely a lost cause.
I did a presentation with 2 friends on social media and positive psychology and it was very helpful. I actually learn that breaking up bad social media habits just by complimenting and positively commenting on other’s posts on FB or IG or tweeting on twitter. Breaking up that endless scrolling that we are all use to.
There is a correlation between depression and social media use, it’s not proved. Correlation does not mean causation (for those who don’t speak psychology, correlation means a relations between two variables). But we are seeing more cases of depression and psychologists do believe that social media does play a role in it (especially with self concept)
I also learned that Instagram is the most risk factor app when it comes to mental health (and youtube being the best) and there is studies done about it.
♦I’ll post the link here. Check it out and read it. I honestly do recommend it because it is super interesting.
But with Instagram, most people will start to compare their selves to other’s, I know I do it too. I’m just randomally going through IG and I see this gorgeous girl with a perfect body and yeah, I feel pretty down because I wish I was that pretty or my body was a little better than I am. And that’s really unhealthy and really bad for you.
It decreases your self esteem and that’s not what we want. We want you to love you for all of you. Because you deserve that.
Something to keep in mind, they don’t always look like that and that picture was probably one of 30 that she chose from. And it probably took at least 20-30 minutes to capture the perfect picture.
“Never compare your offstage to everyone’s front stage.”
I love that quote. So much. And I use it to remind myself that I’m beautiful too. And that may be hard for me to do some days.
People put their best photos, and their best moments of their life on social media, that’s the point of it to make people aware of what they do.
It’s a social comparison and a social competition, which you DON’T have to be a part of.
But of course, like I said before… not all social media is bad. Social media has a good side too. I already touch on the social support, but studies shown that looking at your own Facebook profile can increase your self esteem.
And things like the “This Day” from Facebook where they show you what you posted on this day for however long you had Facebook can really make you happier because it shows you memories that you can hold on to and smile about.
And most importantly, make the best out of your social media.
Post more positivity, encouragement and inspiration on your social media. Compliment people on your feed, it might be weird at first but you might make a new friend. Show your amazing personality and heart through social media and we can make more positive than negatives when it comes to social media.
Let’s change that fact that social media can decrease your self esteem to increase it. And change starts with you. (And me)
Keep it positive, keep it inspiration, keep loving and as always, Keep it dorky.
With Lots of Love,