HI IM BACK FRIENDS! I have wanted to express my thoughts on this subject for awhile, so that’s why this blog took me a whole month to articulate. I really wanted to take a step back and observe the good and the bad.
To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Becoming a state titleholder has put me in a unique situation where social media is a huge aspect of my job. I have had Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for years but never had to put much thought into it like I do now.
Nearly everyone has some form of it in their lives, and it’s easy to be consumed in it all. I mean, i am the first to admit that I love that I am able to connect with so many people, organizations, and businesses via social media. I stay connected with friends, family, and Miss America sisters across the country. I am even able to share my passions with people.
Although it has all these perks, it comes with some major downsides as well. It’s important to know that and avoid bad social media habits.
4 Things To Avoid on Social Media:
1. I’ve talked about it before, but here I am saying it again for the people in the back. Do. Not. Compare. Yourself. It’s so easy to see other people with “perfect” lives or bodies and want that life they’re displaying on social media. We all do it, but it is toxic. But try to remember everyone struggles and no one is “perfect” regardless of how they present themselves on media platforms. It is so important to recognize when social media is bringing you down and not lifting you up. My favorite thing is taking much needed break from it when I notice I am having the tendency to compare.
2. Taking things personally! I often hear people get paranoid based off of who is and who isn’t following them, liking their pictures, or seeing friends hang with other people. It’s easy to get FOMO or easily read into little things on social media. This isn’t helping you and it’s not helping your relationships with people.
3. Only posting “picture perfect” photos. It’s okay to be vulnerable, genuine, and even silly with your followers or friends. Show other young men and women that they can be themselves by leading with this example. He your best authentic self on and off social media.
4. Don’t let it consume you! So much easier said than done, I know. It’s genuinely addicting at times and becomes a habit. Make sure you’re balancing it and still focusing on who you are while growing outside of your accounts and handles. Social media has great tools to promote yourself and make connections, but it doesn’t need to define you.
At the end of the day, it’s all about balance and doing what’s best for your mental health. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of the benefits as long as you are cautious of the downsides.
Love you guys and talk to you soon!