Ah yes, social media scrolling!
I deleted certain social media apps many years ago and have never looked back. Yes, I was the type that checked in everywhere, posted all those amazing photos – showing the perfect life? Smiling your little heart out (when in reality I was probably having a bad day). Reality? because there’s no such thing as the perfect social media portrayed life.
We all have good days, crappy days and when you look online at a perfect social media life on those crappy days it makes you feel worse, doesn’t it? Why post all the good stuff. Unfortunately its the way social media rolls these days.
Selfies are huge (something I was never into), especially with younger people and the pressure to look a certain way (lets not start on filters), could be damaging to your wellbeing. Heck, back in my teenage years (I’m 40) taking a picture meant waiting until the film was actually developed to see how you turned out!! That was ok as you weren’t obsessed on taking hundreds of photos for the perfect shot.
During this pandemic it has been an eye opener for ‘everyone’ and to reflect on what really matters. Being honest, open and kinder to each other and most importantly yourself. We are all human at the end of the day and this pandemic has us re-evaluating what matters.
Social media as a supportive environment:
I only recently set up a poetry social media account to connect with other poets/writers to share our work. A brilliant community of supportive and encouraging writers. However, the scrolling addiction reared its ugly head yet again.
You see, the thing is, when you have apps on your phone, the handiness you have to just click on it: next thing you know you’re scrolling for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, it goes on – when initially you just wanted to have a quick look ( great exercise for the thumb, but not the brain). You’re sucked in – down that bloody rabbit hole you go.
On the other hand, however, social media is extremely beneficial for businesses, small businesses, promoting ideas and connecting
with communities for hobbies and also support. Its all about finding that balance and keeping the scrolling to a minimum.
Top 5 tips to curb your scrolling habits and what works for me.
1. Uninstall the apps from your phone. I only have social media on my tablet now and only check in the evenings.
2. If you dont want to uninstall apps from your phone turn the phone off – put it into a drawer or anywhere you dont have quick access to – and be mindful.
3. Turn off all those notifications.
4. Set yourself a time limit for social media use.
5. Be aware of your habits when online. Always being mindful. Think to yourself is this really urgent?
Between portraying the perfect life, selfie obsessions and addictive scrolling habits: these five tips listed should help, if the scrolling gets a little bit out of hand, or you just need a social media break.
Go for a walk and absorb all that beauty. Read that book (the physical hardback/paper type) instead of scrolling. Partake in those hobbies you enjoy!
Have you control over your scrolling habits or has it got out of hand?
Thank you for reading my post!
Have a beautiful day and find the right balance!