Social media is an amazing tool, but there can be direct affects on your mental health if not used in moderation. In today’s episode, we wanted to have an open conversation on how social media makes us feel and give some tips on how to balance social media with your real life.
Hey, friends! Brooke here. I am the Content Manager at Render and run all of our social media accounts. The topic of social media is very important to me, especially when it comes to my mental health. Let us know on Instagram @therender.co if you have any other suggestions or tips on how to balance social media with your life.
OPPORTUNITIES! I would say the biggest blessing that has come from social media is the number of opportunities that are now available because of it. This is coming from me, whose job is literally to manage social media accounts. I would have an entirely different job title if it weren’t for social media! Not only does it bring opportunities to individuals, but also to businesses. Social media marketing is the main marketing strategy for a LOT of companies, and it works! Social media also allows us to connect with others. We are able to connect with thousands of people now, thanks to the internet!
Comparison: A social comparison is a form of sociological self-esteem, where we derive our sense of self through comparing ourselves with others. Unfortunately, I know that I do this. Whether it be someone’s home, another woman’s body, or just other people’s lives in general; I compare myself to them and wonder, “Why don’t I have that?” But we have to remember that social media is just a glorified version of someone’s life. Most people don’t show the hardships that they are battling! It’s important to remember that everyone you see, even influencers, are normal people who have real issues just like we all do.
For me, “The ugly” of social media is that I am not present as much as I would like to be because I am consumed with my phone. The fact that my thumb automatically goes to Instagram every time I open my phone… it’s a problem. I found a recent study that said, “There is a link between the use of multiple social media platforms and increased depression and anxiety symptoms in young people aged 19-32. Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, but the nature of addiction is complex and the idea of it being more addictive may relate to the fact that item is available without restriction and is accessible and socially acceptable.” So, it’s scientifically proven that social media has direct effects on our mental health.
What brings you inspiration other than the internet? Our challenge to you is to search this weekend for things that inspire you, but don’t look to Pinterest! Let us know what inspires you and we will give you a shoutout on our story.
Brooke Hicks | Render Co.
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