I admit it – I am on social media a lot. Part of the reason is that I have my own business and social media is a great place to connect and advertise. But I also like to scroll social media to connect with friends and family and find out about social events in my area. I have strategically “liked” only sites that are uplifting, and I have been known to stop following people who are negative. I want my social media experience to be positive.
That said, I also like to take a break from social media. I won’t look at my phone after 9pm. I don’t take my phone into the gym with me – that is “my” time and I don’t want distractions (having an old school iPod still allows me to listen to music). I get frustrated when I am out with friends and we are all on our phones instead of chatting. I get really frustrated when I see a family out together and they are all on their phones, especially in restaurants. Dinner-if you can round up everyone together-is a great time to connect and discuss timely topics or what is going on in each other’s lives.
I believe we have enough adversity in our everyday lives and social media should be a respite from that world and inspire us to overcome that adversity. That is what motivates me to write my blogs – I want to provide positive, useful contributions that inspire people to live their life to its fullest.
How are you feeling when you scroll through social media? Are you uplifted or are you angry? At peace or at war with someone/something? Below is a great infographic from happify.com that illustrates “How to Stay Happy on Social Media”. As you reflect on your emotions while using social media, maybe you will find that you want to implement some of the ideas. Stay connected but stay happy too!