As social media becomes more influential, we live less now and more in a world full of filters, photoshop, and false facts that affect our mental health and happiness. While some believe that social media has little to do with health, the Child Mind Institute has reported young users and teens who spend a lot of time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms have been shown to have a higher rate (from 13% to 66%) than those who spend less time on social media.
When compared to the control group, the group that had reduced its social media presence exhibited a substantial decrease in loneliness and sadness after three weeks. As a result of their findings, the university has strongly suggested that limiting the use of social media for about 30 minutes a day could lead to significant social improvements.
While it is easy to feel isolated on social media, they are the solution to staying afloat. For example, you can turn off social media notifications and set time limits on social media apps. Also, spending more time promoting truly healthy relationships helps to break down what can happen when we link to posts and updates.
Working on social media does not mean that you should lose your current status or feel isolated. It is almost impossible to isolate yourself from photography and news, but you can see that there is a whole world outside the screen. A world full of rainy and sunny days, hardships and triumphs, and love or comment do not limit you.
Social media is incredibly disruptive. Maybe you find yourself doing something cool; instead of enjoying the moment and being there, you think more about how to get the right picture and how to say good post. You begin to see the world in a more visible, sophisticated way than you see it. Or worse – you have lost touch with your life because you feel so much better when you are online. Or you are a little bored. But every hour you spend on your phone is another hour of life you lose. Just think of what you might achieve in that amount of time.
Therefore, sometimes, just sometimes, we need to really look into ourselves and figure out how we can minimize our screen time and genuinely live and enjoy life.
Written by: Rafieu Hossain Arnob
Rafieu Hossain Arnob is an enterprising young professional intending to continue his development as a data scientist as well as a volunteer. He thinks, in terms of results and objection, he is enthusiastic and he works with decisiveness and conviction. He has a proactive attitude and finds positive ways to stimulate and engage with people. He also loves to engage himself in voluntary activities. He has attended many programs as a volunteer and is expecting to join more in the future.