Social media plays a significant role in our society. Many of us are on social media, which takes up a majority of our daily lives. This is because it has been incorporated into almost everything we engage with.
With how prevalent social media is, it is easy to get caught up in the loop of it all and be immersed in online environments. Social media offers an escape, and it is easy to lose yourself in all of it.
While social media allows you to engage with others without being physically present, you are still interacting with other humans. This makes it important to conduct yourself online as you would in person.
That is why it is also essential to understand how to conduct yourself appropriately on these social platforms, as it could go a long way in improving your and other’s online experiences.
Improving and educating yourself
One way that you could use social media more positively is to use it as a way for you to improve and educate yourself.
You can use social media to do things such as learn new topics, acquire a new skill or better yourself both mentally and physically. You can use social media to search for a workout routine or as a way to improve your career opportunities.
The possibilities for how you can improve yourself through social media are endless. Many content creators base their content around things that could help their viewers, such as fitness influencers on Instagram or educational YouTubers.
You could also use social media to keep yourself informed on everything happening around the world. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through TikTok or X (formerly Twitter), you could follow news channels. This will help keep you updated on news or developments in your city or worldwide.
For example, if there is an upcoming election, you could use social media platforms to learn more about the different political parties to inform your vote. If you cannot vote, you can still use social media to learn more about the candidates. This can help you share your insights about candidates’ political campaigns with others who can vote, such as your parents or extended family.
Social media is more than just funny videos or memes; it could be a way for you to understand the world around you.
Another way you could use social media more positively is by being more friendly and kind on these platforms.
The openness of social media is an excellent way to spread positivity among people you know and other users. Spreading positivity can be as simple as liking your friends’ posts or posting a nice comment. These small actions can go a long way and improve someone’s mood or self-esteem.
By posting a kind comment or frequently liking your friends’ posts, you can make them feel better about themselves and make them feel accomplished. Spreading positivity could motivate your friends to do the same and encourage them to incorporate kindness in their online interactions.
Being kind on social media not only benefits the people you are interacting with, but it can also benefit you personally. Being positive and friendly on social media could help you in your career, especially if your work requires an online presence. If you run your own website or social media page, positively engaging with users can create an appealing brand image and drive more users towards your pages.
In our modern day and age, with all the negativity in the news, it is good to spread positivity. Being kind on social media is a great place to start promoting positivity.
As mentioned earlier, social media can offer you an escape. It is really easy to lose yourself on the various sites and applications with all the content available to you.
Social media can be a great way to take your mind off something you are working on or the stresses in your life. However, it is important to take breaks from social media.
Setting limits for your social media usage can help you better engage with the platforms. This allows you to use social media in a way that does not take over or hinder significant aspects of your life.
Limiting yourself to one to two hours of social media a day can help you keep a good balance between entertainment and productivity. It could also stop you from developing an addiction to social media and keep you from being affected by all the negativity on these platforms.
Building better habits on social media
There are many ways in which you can improve your usage of social media. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and finding whatever solution works for you is essential. Some may benefit from breaks on social media while others might find that engaging with positive and educational content helps them. Try out a few strategies and see what works best for you.
The important thing is to always strive toward curating a better social media experience for yourself and others.
About the author
Vincent is a Writer/Journalist for The Newcomer. He graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Journalism. Vincent enjoys learning and writing about many different topics in the world. In his free time, he enjoys watching and talking about sports, playing video games, listening to different genres of music, and watching shows and movies.