- Posted by Cam Poole
- On July 5, 2019
- In Blog
The daily social media we consume has become a core part of our communication and how we express ourselves. It’s the medium to share our stories, the connection to others who live in faraway places far and fosters communities of like-minded people.
Social media is wonderful, except when it starts taking a problematic toll on our mental health. For instance, when we find ourselves comparing our physical appearance to someone else’s latest profile pic, or our parenting realities to those portrayed by a Facebook friend who seems to make it all look breezy.
The average person spends about five hours a day on their mobile device, which adds up to be 35 hours a week, 6 days a month, and 72 days a year, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
But what happens when you veer down the ‘dark side’ of a social media scroll session? When you start swiping through posts that draw out the negative feelings of comparison, inadequacy, and jealousy?
We have a choice about who and what we follow on social media to ensure the experience doesn’t bring us down, but brings us joy.
3 reasons to unfollow (or mute) someone on social media
- A person’s posts triggers your eye-rolls or feelings of jealousy, providing a daily reminder of your insecurities.
- The content, comments or photos a person shares doesn’t add value to your days and is a distraction from how you’d actually like to use your precious spare time.
- You don’t have a relationship with the person in real life anymore or ever. It’ they aren’t part of your current community, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to include them in your online community either.
‘Unfriending’ is good for your mental health
Take 30 minutes next time you feel the urge for some mindless phone time and edit your social media accounts. Ditch the people who you don’t know or don’t care about and embrace the people you adore and bring you joy. Ditch the accounts that don’t align with your core values and embrace the ones who inspire you every day to do better.
It’s time to ‘unfollow’ what no longer serves your happiness or mental health.
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