Social media makes us keep an eye on the screen at all times. Since the lockdowns began, many have chosen to stay away from the cell phone. Let's see how to handle it.
Many people who have stopped using social media, they claim to be happier, rest better, are more present, and have less mental exhaustion. Far from promoting the message that "we must close our Instagram account", we should all be consuming social media in a healthier.
Fear of losing happiness vs. the vacuum
Today, many people are talking about the negative effects that so much screen has on their lives. The idea that if we are not on Instagram we do not exist, this feeling that everything is open 24 hours, that there is no place for solitude, and the aforementioned frustration generated by comparing your life to the seemingly perfect images you see are all topics that are increasingly talked about. Fortunately. Because thanks to this, we can begin to consume social media with a more critical spirit what we see (and want), and not so much on autopilot.
Having everything is having everything?
We spent the entire day scrolling. And while images move on the screen, for many the frustration keeps growing. The constant wanting more and more: traveling more, buying more, going out more, having the tidiest house, the healthiest food. And in general, we find it difficult to get off the merry-go-round.
How to manage the addiction to social media?
The point perhaps is to detect at what point in our existence we receive what message. For example: if we have wanted to be mothers for years, we shouldn't constantly see images of happy moms, it will surely hurt us. And so there are tons of examples. The invitation would then be to start selecting what is good for us, and what we need to eliminate from our feed.
Not everyone has to like you
At the time of posting, there are studies that show that likes produce dopamine release in the brain (as many drugs do), and that's why we feel so good when we “like” them. It is an immediate feeling of well-being. The scrolling feature was actually engineered on basis of slot machines, designed to be addictive.
Responsible consumption of social media
Is the key to closing the networks? No. The key is to see how we take ownership of what exists, how we consume and transform it. Not afraid to stay out (Have you ever heard of the term FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out?). Because if we can transcend that fear of missing something, of not knowing everything, and we endure silence, nothingness, emptiness, we will be able to open unthinkable doors: self-search.
B-sides of real life
Understanding that there is always a B side that no one counts. That what we see is a second in the life of the other person. A trim. Not "life". One tip: let's limit cell phone use when we feel that something is wrong. And if necessary, let's do a digital detox. A day, a week, or just a few hours. To return to take the dimension of what are the things that matter, and how we want to live our lives. Real-life not social media life.