3 Tips for Using Social Media
Nowadays, it feels like if you are not on social media, you don’t exist. If someone who posts regularly suddenly stops, followers become concerned.
As social media continues to expand and grow, it’s important that we are wise in our approach to using this tool.
Here are three tips on how to use social media wisely.
- Be Purposeful/Intentional. In order to be purposeful and intentional about social media, you need to ask yourself a few important questions. Do I really need social media? Am I doing this because everyone else is? How will social media benefit me? Also, what are its disadvantage? Some might not think that this is necessary, but I beg to differ because social media has the power to drain your time, confidence, and relationships if you’re not wise in how you use it. Too much of social media can be incredibly toxic yet it is still intoxicating. As the years have gone by, it has become addicting by design. If you’re purposeful and intentional about your social media usage, you would be more likely to realize how important time is. If you’ve spent the whole evening scrolling rather than spending time with family, resting or doing something productive, there might be a problem. Intentionality allows you to properly measure the amount of time you spend curating your brand or online personality. Being purposeful will help you identify what you should and shouldn’t post.
- Disconnect. This point might sound contradictory, but, trust me, it’s not. Social media is absorbing as well as addictive — it was designed that way. Apps are meant to use and abuse your time, knowingly and unknowingly. Knowing when to disconnect is wise social media usage. Since these platforms can monopolize your time, it’s important that you reclaim your time by logging off or signing out. If you do so, you can finally get some well needed rest, finish a project or spend time with others. Don’t be afraid that you have missed something because, 9 times out of 10, you didn’t. The attraction of these apps is the feeling you’ll miss what’s happening, and that plays a role in what lures you back. Recommendation: Turn off notifications for social media apps.
- Find fulfillment outside of social media. This last tip might sound confusing, especially coupled with the second. You might be wondering, if I am talking about wise social media usage, why am I talking more about time spent off the app? Well, that’s my point. Wise social media usage is spending time away from the apps. To use it wisely, you have to be intentional. You have to take time to disconnect and build your life before you post it to your feed. Your profile should not come before your life. Satisfaction and fulfillment can’t be found on social media. Content, as in what you post or create for social media, is not fulfillment. Create a fulfilling life outside of the app!
Comment down below if you found any of the tips helpful. If you have any more tips for wise social media usage, feel free to share them.