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Using Social Media Responsibly

personal growth social media Mar 30, 2022

Many people believe that social media is a waste of time, but it can be a powerful tool. There are many benefits to using social media responsibly, including staying connected with friends and family, networking with new people, and getting news and information. This blog post will discuss some tips for using social media responsibly.

The power of social media platforms

Social media is perhaps the most widely used technological innovation of the past decade. It has seen widespread use among people worldwide, and it is so influential that it has become part of our daily lives and changed how people interact with each other.

Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be good or bad, depending on how people use it. Unfortunately, we have seen the negative consequences of social media, such as making people addicted to it, mental health problems like anxiety and depression, creating new forms of deviant behavior like cyberbullying and stalking somebody online, and spreading misinformation. But on the other hand, being responsible for using social media can bring several benefits. Examples of such benefits include:

  • Ease of communication with distant friends and relatives
  • Being a powerful advertising and marketing tool for companies and businesses
  • Quick access to news and information (provided they are accurate and not fake news or clickbait)
  • Providing new opportunities for personal growth like creating an online business or finding employment opportunities through contacts and referrals.

Being responsible for using social media sites and apps can benefit your life. There are several ways how one can use it responsibly.

1. Don't let social media eat all your time

Social media can be a big waste of time if you spend most of your day scrolling through what other people post, commenting on and liking things, or looking at every notification on your device. Instead, learn to practice some self-control and limit your usage every day. For example, try setting specific times per day when you check your social media accounts, such as once in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Afterward, set an amount of time for your social media use, such as 10 minutes per session. Of course, it takes a good amount of self-discipline to turn such a practice into a habit, but it's an excellent start to learning how to be a responsible social media user.

2. Think before posting something

Unfortunately, a lot of content on social media depicts unruly behavior from people or posts that can make you cringe due to sensitive content. If you let these things get into your head too much, you might get tempted to hit back at people posting offensive content or post a comment to counter others' arguments. It can lead to an online brawl full of hate and anger. Don't be one of them. Being a responsible social media user involves thinking twice before posting something and considering if it would negatively affect or offend anybody. If it is, then don't post it. Please keep it to yourself. The problem with some people is that they use social media as an outlet for their emotions. One must realize that what you post on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter can be seen by other people. Even if you decide to delete a post, especially if it's a wrongful one, it can still exist somewhere in the form of other people taking a screenshot or saving your post. Avoid posting unprofessional photos or any emotionally charged statement that can destroy your reputation or others'.

3. Follow those that matter to you

One notable feature of social media is the ability to follow somebody else's account. It can be another person or the official page of a company or organization. Following somebody allows you to get updated whenever the followed person or organization creates a social media post. When used responsibly, it's a handy feature to stay updated on news and information that matters to you. When used irresponsibly, your social media profiles will get flooded with irrelevant content, and a waste of time to scroll through everything. Also, try to unfollow the accounts of toxic people whose posts only give you stress and headaches. The general rule is that if something doesn't contribute anything to your growth and interests, unfollow it.

4. Learn to verify the truth of things that you see

Some of the things you see on social media might not necessarily be true, especially when it comes to news and information. You mustn't immediately dig in and believe what you see and read. The danger of this behavior is that you might be spreading misinformation if you share what you have seen before verifying the accuracy of the post. Make it a practice to research the integrity of any information or image. Verify from other sources whether what you have seen and read is true. Ask opinions from other people. If possible, try to correct reasonably the person who made an erroneous post so that other people will not be misguided.

5. Don't take to heart too much other people's opinions

Social media can have a powerful impact on a person's emotional state. A simple like can provide a dopamine rush. Being unfollowed or blocked by someone can make some people feel anxious. Let's not even get on the comments section of posts where people can say outright their opinion on your post, including nasty comments. Social media makes many people too opinionated on things, even if somebody isn't asking for their opinion. It would help if you remembered that being friends on social media or having your posts liked by others doesn't accurately reflect your real-life relationships. If we think about it, social media is like one big game of dressing up to be the most ideal you and presenting your idealized image to everyone. What you see might not necessarily be the truth. So it's a good practice not to take into heart too much when your posts don't get any likes, or you only have a few friends online or none at all. These things may not accurately reflect who you are as a person in the real world.

Be a responsible social media user.

Social media is so ubiquitous and utilized in everyday life that it will probably be here to stay for a long time. Therefore, we should learn how to use it responsibly to benefit us. Unfortunately, many users tend to use it impulsively and automatically post whatever comes into their heads. Also, some people are consumed by social media addiction and don't set limits on using it to the point that they don't do anything productive. The consequences of social media use can be positive or negative depending o how we use it. Using it responsibly can help us stay connected with the people that matter to us and obtain information that we can use for personal growth.

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