Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of social media platforms, and how you can tell if you might be overdoing it.
First, the benefits of participating in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social channels:
While social media has many advantages, there is definitely an equal number of negatives.
Over the last few years, the cons of social media platforms have become increasingly obvious and include:
How can you tell if you’re spending too much time using social media?
Here are a few tips to evaluate your social media engagement and determine if it’s time to make some changes.
If you are trying to objectively assess whether your social media interactions are helping you feel more connected when you can’t visit friends in person, or whether it’s having a negative impact on your mental health, ask yourself a few questions:
If you want to stay on your favorite social media platforms but also need to reduce the associated stress, pay attention to who and what lead you to feel uncomfortable online. Do you have a family member who cyberbullies others on Facebook, for example? You could consider unfollowing them (instead of unfriending them) so you keep peace in the family without sacrificing your mental well-being.
Social media, email, and online shopping are all convenient. But it’s important to know how to safely utilize them. 5 Tips to Help Seniors Safely Surf the Internet is a good article for learning more.
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