Here's the thing, when you work in social media - the line starts to get a little blurry between work and personal life. I might open up Instagram to check on competitor activity for a client, but after I do that, I might also consciously or unconsciously start scrolling and looking through other things. I've also opened up my phone to check or do something, only to be distracted by something else and completely forget what I was going to do in the first place! We all know that feeling too well.
For a few days, I decided to manually record down the times I would check my social media when it wasn't work related. The amount was alarming. On average, I probably checked my phone about 40 times a day for personal reasons like checking notifications, looking at other people's pages, watching videos, replying to something, or just simply feeling a little bored and scrolling. The times spent during the day were shorter but during the evening i.e. before bed, I could scroll and watch things and engage for at least half an hour to an hour.
So what do I mean when I say I work in social media but I'm using it less? I've essentially weaned myself off a little to make sure that it doesn't dominate my awareness and attention. After a week or so, I began to:
After almost a month of being more self-aware, I'm...
I'm not saying social media is bad for you, but we do need to become more aware of our behaviour in the long-term. It's still a fantastic way to connect, stay in touch, share your ideas, be inspired, get creative and so on. But it is easy to get caught up in the filtered versions of everyone's life or be distracted by the different types of entertainment you find on these channels. Some people also do unfortunately get caught up - losing self-esteem, getting bullied, becoming a keyboard warrior, feeling like your life sucks when it actually doesn't. It's super easy to get caught up in things that aren't what they seem. As long as you become aware of what you like, what you don't like, what you want to see and what you don't, then the experience is so much better and healthier for you.
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