Here's How You Can Make Social Media a Healthier Place
Man, this relationship I have with social media.
It’s something I’ve thrown myself into as a career and obviously a way to share my personal life, much like most of its users.
The more time I spend in it (yes, IN it - because let’s face it, when we’re social media-ing it’s near impossible to focus on anything else), the more I find myself facing subconscious consequences of comparison, fear of failure, etc. when I’m OUT of it, in the real world. I’m consistently disheartened by the follow/unfollows, robot comments, and the identical travel profiles (like is everyone trying to be the same exact person)?
I am not complaining. I am advocating for a healthy social media environment.
So let’s try a little harder to leave REAL comments, share REAL support, and give REAL follows. (I’m also hoping Instagram comes out with a way to rid of robots forever ever, and I have faith there will be some sort of solution which mirrors this.) Until then, keep it authentic:
Leave real, thoughtful comments on the accounts you appreciate
Follow accounts you actually want to subscribe to, not accounts you hope follow you back
Stop using external apps to grow your following - they use tactics like automated comments, follows, and unfollows to grow their clients' followings. The result? Someone commenting, "Love this dress on you!" on a photo of your ice cream sundae
Think of social media as a room. Who do you want in that room with you? Who do you want in your tribe, your community? People will stop by this room, peeping though the door (i.e. clicking on your username to visit your profile) and decide if they want to come into that room, too. So, what do you want your profile to emulate? Perfection? Or authenticity? Well, that depends on your audience. Decide who you are, what type of tribe you want to build (and which ones you want to be a part of), and stay true to it!
What do you like to do to keep social media blues at bay?
It only took me nine months of working in the data analytics industry post-graduation to realize that I was destined for something greater.