It would be a lie to say we don’t care about how many likes our posts get.
I, for one, get anxious when my post is not getting the number of likes I wanted to have. I think to myself about how I must be a loser, etc. etc… and that’s a problem.
We should always remember that our self-worth is never dependent on what others think about us, let alone how many likes we get. We need to build our self-worth and believe in ourselves regardless of what social media tells us.
Granted, it’s probably harder today than it was before the Internet. But it’s something really important to work on.
@crystalcamarao (with special thanks to Madi Thomas)
ADVICE AND INSPIRATION
TL;DR: In the internet age, we have the entirety of human knowledge in our pockets. This vast amount of information is overwhelming, and leaves us confused and prone to seeking out truth that confirms our biases. How can we stay grounded in reality in this new realm of information overload?
TL;DR: Instagram grids are commonly filled with carefully curated snapshots, manifesting an idealized image of the user. Recently, however, the platform has begun to shift. Posts that attempt to show the backstage moments of influencer's lives are becoming more and more popular, but is showcasing relatability just another carefully crafted image to appeal to a user base?
TL;DR: Social media can be a useful tool, but only when used purposefully. Thankfully, there are many ways to take control of your use. Essentially it’s all about gaining awareness of why you’re tapping, and stepping back for a while when you can. This article gives a quick summary of the steps you can take to stop the superfluous scrolling.
TL;DR: A digital detox doesn’t have to be a week long retreat. Science has shown that even a 24 hour technology fast can heal the harm prolonged internet use can cause. The study concluded that after one day phone free, people were able to form better irl connections, stand up straighter, remember more, sleep better, and even come up with more breakthrough realizations. Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday!
APPS AND TOOLS
Comments: Another great app for developing new habits is Fabulous. It was designed by behavioral economists to help you rewire your brain and create healthy rituals. With a beautiful design and helpful habit reminders, Fabulous is a lovely guide on your habit cultivation journey.
Details: Free to download on iOS and Android; Additional features require a premium subscription
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