I love social media, I think it’s fantastic when you use it in the right way. Though one thing has been bothering me lately.
I log on to Twitter and see tweets like:
I’ve had a bad day at work so I’m going to stay away from social media for a bit.
and I just don’t get it. I’d understand if you had a lot of people getting mean or argumentative with you on the platform itself, but if you have a bad day and that means you feel like you should stay away from social media in general, then that puzzles me.
Because to me, that means that you think social media is bad. It’s toxic. It’s going to make your bad day worse. It means that you have to be in the right frame of mind to use social media or it can have a big impact on your mental health.
What’s scary about this is that if it’s true, it means you are essentially doing something every single day that could cause you distress.
That’s the part I don’t get – why are you on social media at all if that’s the case?
- having a bad day doesn’t mean you need to avoid social media, it just means you want to do something mindless instead like watch old episodes of Gilmore Girls and eat ice cream.
- social media has a negative effect on your mood.
So, is it the choice of language here, or is it that social media is, in fact, an awful place?
You hear about people doing social media detoxes all the time. Like it’s a drug or alcohol or something. That’s pretty scary.
I guess that’s the thing, people can get addicted to social media, feel the need to constantly check it so they don’t miss out on something. Feel the need to fill that empty hole by likes and retweets and then obsessively check their latest Instagram post to see if it’s done well. So they can feel validated in some way.
I get the feeling that most people have a bit of negative response when they think of social media. It can be seen as the route of all even. The thing we need to protect our children from until they are old enough, like alcohol and drugs. It’s just a little be frightening that something we use every single day can be so detrimental to use. Yet we continue to use it.
I personally have no issues with social media. I find Instagram inspires me to work harder at the gym and Twitter is for posting photos of my cats and sharing blog posts that will hopefully help others. I don’t get that feeling like I need a break when I’ve had a bad day, it can be the opposite, I can use it to inspire me and cheer me up!
Where do you stand with social media?