Doesn’t it sound wonderful to be able to travel the whole wide world from the palm of our hand? In the trying times that we are living in, especially so! A lot of people would argue that the pandemic has been easier to deal with due to digital technology keeping us connected. And rightfully so. But at what point should we stop and start observing the damages it lays on our minds and bodies?
I recently watched ‘The Social Dilemma’ on Netflix and felt inspired to write about the impacts social media has on our lives. Data harvesting, digital cloning, persuasive advertising – the list is long. We end up comparing ourselves to others, feel anxious when new notifications don’t pop up, and eventually depressed as a result of all factors combined.
However, I noticed that while there is a lot of education about how social media is impacting us, not a lot of people are talking how to get out of the comfort zone of social media and move towards finding a more fulfilled reality. How does one find the support to make that shift? How does one even begin? Finding a starting point is always the hardest.
Quitting social media cold turkey is not an option. However, reducing our reliance on these platforms might be a smarter approach for working towards rebuilding ourselves and leading more effective and purposeful lives.
First things first, understanding how your social media accounts make you feel will make a world of difference. If a news outlet is constantly putting out fear-inducing content, check in with yourself if it makes you anxious. If it does make you anxious, unfollow that page. You will always have the option of going back to them and having a quick peek without them cluttering your news feed with nerve-racking content. You can call it a spring clean, the Marie Kondo way, or maybe even the first step towards finding your Ikigai.
How about creating a strategy that works for you? Does setting time limits make you feel better about your social media usage? Or replacing social media time with other, more fulfilling activities is an approach you prefer? This step will require introspection. But performing the smallest action towards change will create a world of difference in the long run. This small action will induce fear, which I have spoken about in depth here.
When the need to be perfect in the eyes of others loses its hold on you, you automatically allow room for self-growth. Perfection often induces the feeling of being judged, which in the long run makes us anxious and fearful individuals, looking for approval because various reasons, comfort with the self was never a priority.
Some introspection and inward focus is definitely required to trigger a thought process of love, compassion and respect for the Self! These are areas that we have been conditioned to ignore. Finding a balance between staying connected with people through technology and using that technology to ‘sell yourself’ on social media will give you the room to explore the self.
A mindful approach towards using these platforms will bring happiness and keep your inner self at peace. By limiting your use of these platforms, you will finally have time to focus on personal growth and professional success.