With the use of social media, we are more connected than ever before.

Initially, this may seem fantastic. You have the ability to connect with like-minded people all over the globe and explore your interests in a new way.

However, as with most things, not everything is as glamorous as it it seems.

Despite us being more connected online, we have never been more disconnected in person.

To add to that, social media can be addictive. People crave likes and interaction and will go to great lengths to get that attention – “do it for the ‘gram”.

When you combine those two factors, you start to see people hardly looking away from their phones when engaging in a “conversation” with you. You see people looking at their phones instead of what’s around them. You start to see people missing out on life.

Social media starts to become a problem when people start letting it take over their lives.

As someone who works with social media for a living, you could say I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition to work, I run this blog, which I regularly promote on Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes, I can get sucked into the habit of checking my phone too often. It’s a hard cycle to break out of.

What encourages me to take some time away from my phone is thinking about the future and how I want to remember my youth. I don’t want to look back thirty years from now and think of all the time I spent on my phone instead taking in my surroundings, appreciating life’s experiences, and connecting with others.

Here are a few tips for staying connected in the real world while still being active on social media – let’s face it, it can be a lot of fun to share content with friends!

  • Put your phone away at dinner. It’s okay to snap a few shots, especially if you have a cute outfit on, but remember to engage with those around you and make it a memorable experience.
  • Stop worrying about likes. If you work with social media, you might view engagement differently, but on your personal account, just post what you like when you like – social media is supposed to be fun
  • Take pictures for YOU, not Instagram
  • It’s okay to step away. If you think your mental health can benefit from a social media detox, go for it!
  • Be authentic. Don’t be afraid to post something that you really like or that shows the real you.
  • Dismiss negative feedback. The people leaving negativity on your posts aren’t people you want to have around anyway.

You are worth so much more than how others perceive you on social media.

Stay true to you, remember to check into reality more often than your newsfeed, and have fun creating content!

Brittney

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