SOCIAL MEDIA

For better and for worse

 

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES TO SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media platforms can be an excellent way to keep in touch with friends that we no longer live close to or to see what some of our friends are up to. Recently social media has become a big part of many people's lives and while it has its benefits we also need to consider how it may have an impact on our wellbeing.

Below I have shared some of the advantages and disadvantages that social media can have on each aspect of your wellbeing. 

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PHYSICAL

There are great apps that we can use to help us keep track of our fitness and many exercise platforms to keep us motivated. However, we also need to consider how sometimes we can get distracted by technology and forget to keep up with our regular exercise. Technology before bed can also reduce our ability to get a good night's sleep. Try to set a limit on the time you spend at a screen in a day. It will help your physical wellbeing.

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MENTAL

There are great apps and websites that can help with our mental wellbeing Click here.


However, social media can also show unrealistic lifestyles. This is often related to body image. What we see on social media can impact our motivation and self-esteem as we often compare ourselves to others on the platforms (even if we know they aren't real). 

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EMOTIONAL

We can find a lot of important information on social media and great places that offer emotional support. However, one of the biggest concerns with social media platforms is how they can show a false depiction of someone's life and their true feelings. Sometimes we don't ask how someone is feeling because their social media shows the happiest version of themselves, don't be fooled by this and always ask!

It is great to share with people but always remember to BE KIND to everyone!

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SOCIAL

Communicating with people from around the world is a great benefit of social media and it can help us to maintain positive relationships with friends and family. However, social media often takes away from the ever-important face-to-face interactions and we often find ourselves isolated. Stress can be reduced and our mood can be automatically boosted by spending time away from our phones, with people that we care about.

As we say there are both advantages and disadvantages to social media. Let's make sure that we are using it the right way and for the right reasons.

 
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SOCIAL BALANCE 

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INCLUSION

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