Setting Healthy Boundaries with Social Media
Everyone uses social media in one way or another. Whether scrolling through Twitter or Instagram, finding creative ideas on Pinterest or using Facebook and Whatsapp to connect and communicate with others. However, social media is designed to keep users scrolling and consuming and this can have many negative implications.
Many studies have found strong connections between social media consumption and depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, loneliness and low self-esteem. This is because social media is designed to produce short-term rewards through likes and praise while also causing long-term negative effects through social comparison and media addiction. Even so, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, social media can be a positive experience with healthy boundaries.
Some effective social media boundaries include:
Setting time limits
Being mindful that social media can be deceiving
Avoid and unfollow negative people, organizations and comments
Replace some social media time with other hobbies or activities