Social media. Ahh. What a concept.
The current age of technology allows us to be selective. We can cherrypick content to our liking. Subjectivity is the new objectivity.
The issue with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc… is that they are all designed to make you feel bad until you use them again. It’s a modern control mechanism to encourage conformity.
Let’s be honest: The majority of the time we’re on these sites, we’re using them in an automated fashion that stems from the subconscious desire to…
a) boost and or maintain our egos
b) out of habitual addiction to see what’s going on
c) confirm our existing beliefs
Now, let’s be clear here: I don’t discourage social media. What I do encourage however, is the following:
- Stop following ALL negative people and pages. You are in control here, and should maximize your mental capital by avoiding the melodrama and negativity. These people are toxic. They will only bring you down. On my Facebook, for instance, I tailored my feed so that the only people I see are family and close friends. The other people?–I just don’t care.
- Follow pages that are relevant to your passions. If you’re a musician, follow the local venue’s page to get a scoop on live events around you. If you’re a cook, look at the cooking magazines. If you’re into nature or photography, it’s fantastic to get a glimpse of the world around us though breathtaking pictures. Cultivate a feed that is exciting and relevant to you.
- Only post and share what is an expression of your happiness. It’s not to get likes, status, approval–it’s not to get anything. You are living your life and simply sharing that love. The internet is just a medium for sharing.
Once you’ve cleansed your feed, things will feel a bit different. A bit lighter. A bit happier. More inspiring. You might even be asking yourself, “Where did all of the bullshit go?!”.
And that is perfectly normal, because we drastically underestimate the impact social conditioning has on our mental health.
It all stems from awareness. Say it with me: Awareness. Awareness. Awareness.
When we can step off the conveyor belt, assess our feelings, and take conscious control of ourselves, positive changes will blossom in our lives. We can reshape our thought patterns through engaging in healthier information.
Even the little things make a huge difference.