We all scroll through social media feeds multiple times a day, welcoming in all sorts of influence and information into our worlds.
Who you choose to follow on Instagram can have a massive effect on your daily life. Your Twitter feed, the videos you watch, and posts you feed on Facebook, all contribute your thoughts and feelings. Let’s face it: social media is here to stay. It’s becoming an increasingly large part of our daily lives and I think it’s about time we consider how who we follow impacts our lives.
Researchers have already found that moods can spread virally through social media. What we intake and share affects our own thoughts and feelings and those of our followers and friends. It’s kinda serious stuff. Though there are always twinkles of inspirational quotes, what about those “Bored.com” statuses or people we follow who remind us of a past-life or make us feel more than a little bit sucky? My thoughts are to unfollow and quick sharp.
With social media, the human condition of constant comparison goes on overdrive. We forget that what we see online is a hodgepodge of so many peoples’ highlight reels that we compare to the stark reality of our own lives. Just as what we share online isn’t the whole picture, and truly it shouldn’t be, the same goes for everyone else. When you’re in your sweatpants with a tub of vegan ice cream on a Friday night, it can be hard to shake the sucky feeling when everyone else seems to be poppin’ bottles.
Feeling good about your online life means that you need to take what you open yourself up to seriously. How do you want to feel? Consider who you follow and what impact their shares have on you – do they make you feel inspired, or do they make you feel bad about yourself? Are you keeping up to date or just wasting time?
Let’s clear up your social media world! Here are 6 ways for you to curate your online profiles to make you more productive and even happier.
Cleanse. Go through all your profiles and unfollow! Anyone who doesn’t inspire you, those who make you feel like less, and those you don’t really care about, tbh – unfollow!
Inspire. Whatever you’re working, social media can be used as a resource for inspiration. Of course, Pinterest is a spot-on place to store and categorise your ideas, but what about the rest. Whenever I want to make more art, I follow a bunch of illustrators and creatives who share their work on Instagram.
Streamline. Let’s be real: we spend so much time checking and re-checking all our accounts that it detracts from our real work. If you’re not a big fan of Facebook stop putting so much time and effort into it. Don’t post anything just for the sake of it. Become more focused with what you post, who you follow, and what your goals are.
Feel. How do you want to feel? Consider who you follow and what impact their shares have on you – do they make you feel inspired, or do they make you feel bad about yourself?
Contribute. Make sure what you share is of value to others. Don’t merely add to the swamp of non-sense that is out there. Contribute stuff of substance and lend to making others’ consumption of social media positive and inspiring.
So fill the world wide web with loveliness. Unfollow that which doesn’t make you either happy or inspired quick sharp and think before you post!