I'm sure you've read plenty about the pros and cons of social media. This isn't one of those lectures. Instead, this is a list of the toxic social media habitsthat I have personally fell into and slowly managed to claw my way back out of.
I have always liked to think that I was an early adopter of several platforms. (Except Snapchat. Now that is one I just can't get on board with.) I enjoyed perusing Twitter when I was still in secondary school, spent hours scrolling through my Facebook feed, and downloaded Instagram before anyone I even knew had a profile.
All of that led to me spending way too much time on all of the above and way too little time with the people I really cared about. Over the past year or so, I've found myself becoming increasingly distanced from social media. It's not surprising to hear that I gave up on Facebook some time ago, but Instagram, too, has become less and less appealing to me. My last post on the gram was three months ago and I'm much happier for it.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been sucked into the social media vortex and spat back out feeling like a former shell of the person I was. Yet I'm not advocating giving up your online communication entirely; I continue to learn a lot from certain people that I follow. It's more about realising what makes you happy and what habits you need to let go of pronto.
Therapist and life coach Julia Kristina has some wise words regarding social media. "Enjoy it, embrace it, but also remember to be responsible with it. We need to be more aware of how we approach the online world," she wrote on her site. And as for those toxic habits: "Don't stress or feel badly if you do any of [them] — we all do."
Here's some that you may recognise along with a few ways to get yourself out.