Social media (social media) plays an important role in people’s lives, especially in the era of the pandemic. Unlimited connectivity helps many parties to do business, learn, find information, build relationships, or simply share daily activities. However, social media also has a negative impact if it is not used wisely, including reducing focus, making the main work unfinished, being inactive due to being in front of the device for too long, fertilizing insecure, jealousy, and a myriad of other negative feelings. So, how can you exist on social media without disturbing your mental health? Check out the following tips, come on!
1. Have a clear purpose in using your social media
Compared to using social media random with no obvious interest or just following the trend, have a good reason why you download a certain social media app. Don’t just attend, do something there that can make your mind turn to more productive and positive things. Follow useful account. Stay away from accounts that only cause negative energy.
2. Don’t obsess over the number of followers or likeflow and grow naturally
Consistency trumps obsession. Usually the obsession arises when too much circling looking at other people’s accounts that are already bigger or festive photos that get a lot like. Reduce activities like this. Stick to your goal. Remember, social media must first be useful and comfortable to use by its owner before it can attract the attention of others. Divert your attention to really know yourself and express yourself with more character.
3. Take advantage of digital health and parental control features on your phone
The way to use social media wisely is to limit the access time. If you’re the type of person who finds it difficult to stop when you’ve surfed in cyberspace, you can use this feature in your phone’s settings. Set the ideal time you want to use social media applications. For example, if you set 30 minutes per day for the Instagram application, then after 30 minutes, you can no longer access the application on that day.
4. Not downloading social media apps on the phone
Interacting on social media is fun, but still can’t replace direct interaction. If you have set the intention of being a productive person, you can apply this method. By not downloading social media on your phone, you won’t be bothered with notifications as often. You can take advantage of browser on your phone to access social media when you need it. Do it gradually. Start from uninstall social media that you rarely use.
5. Leave FOMO and focus on what really makes you happy
The feeling of being left behind from others is known as Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Patrick McGinnis coined this acronym in 2004 through the article Social Theory at HBS: McGinnis’ Two Fos published in The Harbus, the student newspaper at Harvard Business School (HBS) before FOMO finally went global. FOMO thrives on social media.
FOMO really drains the concentration and energy of the sufferer. Anxiety arises when you miss the latest news, don’t follow trends, don’t go to viral places, or run out of limited edition products. Because they don’t know what is really useful and what they need, FOMO people only move based on their instinct of fear of being left behind.
So, here are five steps you can take to stay on social media without disturbing your mental health. Always remember not to overdo it and obsess over taking advantage of technological sophistication, okay?