Usually, people will search on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram to pass the time. But, if you find yourself waking up and the first thing you do is check Facebook, you might have an issue. The fact of the matter is, when you are searching and reading content on social media sites, your subconscious is doing a comparison. Here’s the deal: when you are reading about someone else’s life, you are thinking, “Wow, she has nice hair, better than mine.” Or, “His house is really awesome. I wish I had a house like that.” This is where social media can do damage to your self-esteem and self-confidence.
How It Affects Your Livelihood
Furthermore, these thoughts don’t just disappear once you log off of Facebook or Instagram. When you are consistently clicking through photos and information on someone else’s life, you naturally will make assumptions. You can’t help it. People put on Facebook what is best and going on good in their lives, not what is going wrong. If you are at a crossroad in your life, or going through a crisis, looking at happy, prosperous individuals does nothing but make you depressed about your situation.
It is not just Facebook. Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter are just as bad. Here is a good rule of thumb about you and social media: if you find that every day, you NEED to see what is on social media sites, instead of you WANT to see what’s up on social media sites, then you do have a problem. When you see all these happy, “perfect” folks, it can make you feel like you are missing out on something.
The simple truth is that everyone on this earth is missing out on a perfect life. But by being glued to Facebook or Instagram, you are missing out on a genuine life. I highly suggest you put the phone down, and step out into the real world and make some real connections. You will be much happier in the long run.