A couple years ago, articles were published about things that people should strive to achieve balance with or not do at all with social media, as people started to learn the balance and moderation necessary to handle such a potent, society-changing advent in communication.
This is probably the one thing that will be most memorable about the 2010’s decade in retrospect: social media. Does the term “social media” even begin to encapsulate what we have just experienced with the rise of it in this decade? Probably not: as people who witnessed the rise of it, we will have to document it in history our own way.
Here are six things people who want to maintain balance and moderation with social media should probably keep in mind in 2019.
1. It might not be healthy to make social media your primary means of communication.
With any advent of technology that allows something to become easier, there is a risk of neglecting the build up of skills we attain from grinding through the difficulty of a situation.
The process of growth that a person undergoes when they overcome a difficulty of life is often something that builds their character.
It has been common sense and an immediately understood thing about social media, that if it becomes the primary means of a person’s socialization, it can worsen their difficulties with communication and cause some significant problems.
2. Getting into a heated debate on social media can sometimes have unforeseen consequences.
Is it worth it, or is it not worth it to say something? Whatever your decision is, social media makes it easier to go with the option of saying something. This can be good and bad depending on who you are and what you believe in.
Sometimes, there seems to be a deficit of people asserting themselves and standing up for what they believe is right in a society. Social media has been very helpful in encouraging people who ordinarily would lack the courage to stand up, to say something.
In many ways it can feel liberating to speak your mind regardless of the consequences, and it can be seen as beneficial for a free spirit and good attitude. However, people should definitely be prepared for the consequences of what they say.
It’s easy to get angry on social media, or offended at the opinion or statement of, for instance, a family member or member of your extended family. Some people believe that the convergence of all these people on social media is likely to cause friction. Sometimes, it’s best to separate certain people in your life from the digital world.
3. Sometimes unhealthy behavior can be inviting because of social media, like stalking a former partner.
It was pointed out in one article that it’s not necessarily healthy to look up the social media profile of a former partner, and especially not to regularly check in on them.
It could maintain unnecessary attachments or expectations in a person, kind of toxic in the subconscious, not to mention the obvious fact that if they aren’t still in contact through social media it would be a sort of violation of privacy.
It’s probably best to never abuse the ability to look people up on social media.
4. Creating a persona through social media just might make you delusional.
Sometimes people sort of get glazed-over eyes like they are hypnotized by attention. Personas are created through photos posted to social media, video clips, posts, and then that person kind of strives to become what they have led people to believe they are.
Some people have been blessed with the ability to move with charisma through social media, and they’re growing and striving to be better, but they may have looked a little misleading.
However, it’s probably best to temper that desire for attention if it is present, just enough to maintain a healthy balance. There’s nothing wrong with being proud and doing whatever you feel like doing. It only really becomes a problem when some kind of illusion or excessive dependency on a feeling you get from attention arises.
5. Comparing yourself to others is a certain way to make yourself feel worse.
If you ever feel bad about yourself, remember this: you’re probably not all that bad compared to most people, if you even have the conscience to consider how your character is.
The world is a wild place. In the end, most of what people believe matters, doesn’t at all, and everyone around you who appears to be wildly successful or happy in life is emotionally in a rigid state, pretending to maintain a constant peak of good feelings when in reality, everyone has their ups and downs.
Comparing yourself to other people, who post misleading things about themselves and how happy they are because that’s just they do, will never make you happy. Nothing people think matters, in terms of who is better than who and everything like that, actually matters.
6. Posting things with the conscious purpose of getting approval or attention just isn’t something that can be satisfying in the long-term.
Maybe some will disagree, but it seems that if a person consciously posts something to gain approval or seek attention, not in a regular, proud way but like an addict who constantly needs a bigger dose of something to get a certain feeling, that’s where it becomes a problem.
We all know people who post pictures of themselves constantly, like a daily fix of satisfaction from knowing people are finding them attractive or whatever it is.
Are there consequences to doing that? It all depends on what a person wants in life.