How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

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There is no doubt that we are currently living in the peak of the social media age, which is why it is vital for people to understand how to have a healthy relationship with social media. It is especially important for students, who can quickly become distracted by social media. In this article, we’ll explore a few ways that students can have a healthy relationship with social media.

Schedule Time

Scheduling a specific time to check your social media will ensure you won’t be over-using it or sitting on your phone all day instead of studying or interacting with others.

This will also stop you from being mindlessly scrolling when you use social media, which many students fall into the trap of doing.

Disengage

Has someone written something rude or mean on one of your photos or posts? Instead of replying, disengage. There is no reason for you to take it personally and begin replying.

So instead of replying, simply delete their comment and continue on with your life. Don’t let their negativity bring you down.

Don’t Overshare

It’s common to see people using social media like a diary, but you have to ask yourself whether there is logic in this. The truth is, many people that use social media like a diary could be using other, healthier ways to express themselves and their negative emotions.

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, do not instinctively go to post about it online. Once you put something up there, it will be there forever, and often, posting about it online simply encourages you to constantly check your social media for responses.

Networking

Social media, if used correctly, can be an incredible tool to network and advance your career. There are even sites, such as LinkedIn, which exist for that exact purpose.

When using social media to network, follow these quick tips.

  • Control what you post. Do you really want your future employer to see those photos of you?
  • Connect with people you don’t know – but be careful about it. This isn’t saying you should add random people on Facebook, but rather that you should consider adding professionals on LinkedIn, especially if you have some mutual connections and you think adding them would help build your career.

Privacy Settings

Many students aren’t aware that what they post can be seen by anyone, even if they are not connected on social media. Make sure that you are not one of those students by carefully maintaining your privacy settings.

Maintained privacy settings are not only safer for your future, but also for ensuring that your information won’t be stolen or used elsewhere without your permission.

Questions?

If you have any questions about TAFE and the courses we at Federation Training offer, or if you would like to discuss how to maintain a healthy relationship with social media as a student, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.