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Benefits of Decreasing Social Media Usage


Social media provide us with constant updates on our friends’ lives; we’re constantly updated on new engagements, jobs, travels, nights out, etc. These updates come with commentary, photographs, and tags of other people included. As we read these updates, we can begin to feel like everyone else is living an incredible life, while we’re seemingly stuck in the mud. This is where social media works to our deficit in terms of optimistic confidence.

In modern society, we need to place much less emphasis on social media. When we see photographs of an old high school friend who’s travelling through South America, this doesn’t mean that our lives are less valuable.

We must keep in mind that people only post sensational events on social media in order to project an image of themselves to the world. Essentially, social media is a vehicle for bragging about one’s accomplishments; therefore, the image that we see of every person on social media is the image that they want everyone to perceive, though it may be sensationalized.

Next, we must avoid tying our self-worth to the amount of “likes” that we receive on a given social media post. Scientific studies show that the brain effect produced by viewing social media “likes” is similar to the effect of any stimulant; dopamine is released in the brain when we receive a “like” on social media posts. So, it’s literally easy to become addicted to social media.

We must be wary of this; we can’t tie our personal value to the amount of social media attention we receive. This will create a drive within us to do things simply for the social media value that the thing adds rather than doing things for life experience.

Social media are useful tools, but we must be socially conscious when using them. It’s easy to find ourselves wrapped up in their embrace, but we must take a few steps back every so often and recognize how we use them, how often, and for what purpose. When we tie our self-worth to social media, our personal optimistic confidence declines rapidly.
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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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