As someone whose life changed after quitting social media, it became my goal to spread awareness on how social media can be dangerous if not used properly. Social media can affect both our health and our security. And with how fast time changes because of all the advances in technology, to gain online information is no longer a difficult thing to do, with just a few clicks away every information that you have online will be available for someone.
I know I can’t convince all of you to quit social media. That’s your life. You do you. I don’t want to be that kind of person who pushes my belief to someone, id like to remain open-minded with what people want in their life.
Based on the data I got from statista.com roughly 3.6 billion people were using social media in 2020, and they expect it to increase up to 4.41 billion people around 2025.. That’s a lot!
Many people sign up on different social media apps/websites each day, some use it for work/business, to express opinions, to communicate but most of us use it for leisure or entertainment, this means that there are more information out there available and, this also means that we can be a target of any online harassment.
Today’s blog is all about. I want to teach you how to declutter and just cautious about what kind of people you’re letting in your social media circle. This post will give you tips on how you can achieve healthier mind and secured life while still using social media.
I remember the time; I think it was back in high school when the number of your friends on Facebook determines your social status. So, it became a contest.. everyone was just adding every profile they see on Facebook. Doesn’t matter if you know them, because that will help boost your popularity. I had 3000+ on my friend list and felt jealous on people who had 5000+ friends,
Then one day, I was scrolling on my Facebook timeline, and saw a lot of posts by unfamiliar people on my timeline, it’s just a lot that I couldn’t read everything. It was a big mess, that moment it felt like something just hit me head and made me realized how invested I was on Facebook and how it was affecting my mental health, I also realised how easier it was for people to get my online information.
Imagine, I had 4000+ people on my friends list that time whom I gave access on my online information, that’s crazy! I decided I will remove people on my friends list; I think i ended up with 300 Facebook friends before I eventually deleted my Facebook account..
The people you follow on your social media also affect your mood, I think most of us know that already. There’s a lot of online profiles out there who posts extremely unrealistic posts. We often end up comparing yourself to this person who has this “perfect” body or face, we don’t even notice how much it’s affecting us until it’s too late and it has already taken a toll in our life. I think it’s also important to learn how to identify if what we see is real or fake.
If you have a social media that has a follow option, I strongly suggest to only follow pages who inspire you and helps you grow as a person, avoid following people who make you feel less or not enough.
Be kind to yourself.
Fact: Do you know that there are websites out there that let you search and view any public Instagram profile without needing to make an Instagram account? Yep, that true! Just search for these keywords: Instagram viewer, IG stories viewers or any keywords related to that, and you’ll find those websites I am talking about.
This is something I did 3 months ago, I was on YouTube just looking for something funny to watch when I notice that I keep on seeing videos by people who I don’t know on my subscription timeline and I don’t find their content anything helpful, most of them are just clickbait videos or sometimes I subscribed to them because they used to make high quality content.
My entire YouTube page was full of clickbait videos. so I started unsubscribing to every profile who’s content doesn’t interest me, and I can say that my Youtube experience is now much better. I still see videos like that from time to time but I think I can’t really avoid them because it’s Youtube, they have their own ways to make a random video magically appear on your Youtube page. (LOL!)
4. Set it in private!
I believe that this is something we should all do, this is the first step to protect ourselves. And with the amount of information we put on our social media, we should also be cautious about who we give access on our information. It’s so easy to find information about someone nowadays when your social media is not on private mode. That’s your profile, you decide what you post, but I just hope that you’re being mindful.
5. Delete unnecessary posts
I also recommend this one. Personally, I am not contented with just setting up my account on private mode. I also prefer to just delete unnecessary stuff on my profile just to limit my digital footprints. This is something that you can do too.
As I said on my previous blogs, I don’t force you to do this. Quitting social media is obviously not for everyone but being responsible and cautious about what kind of information we put out there, what kind of information you absorb, what kind of people you let in your social media world is a step to a healthier life.
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