Social media is consuming our lives. For some it is a healthy scenario and for others, it is not. The hot political scene is not helping form relationships. If anything, it’s one of the biggest relationship dividers out there. I have witnessed several friendships be ruined through politics and social media. It is possible to keep your friends during the hot political season, which seems to drag on and on; by being smart on how you use it. Are you in too deep, when it comes to social media? Here are five signs that you may be in that position, when it comes to your personal use of social media.
SOCIAL MEDIA NOTIFICATIONS ARE INTERFERING WITH YOUR DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES
There is more to life than responding to social media notifications. We live in an unrealistic world. We should NOT be available 24/7 to the worldwide web. It’s important to set boundaries. In the days of the corded telephone, we waited to speak with someone. We’ve made tremendous waves in the world of technology since the days of that corded telephone, but why is it not OK to answer a social media question two hours after it’s asked? If you also find that you cannot eat a meal with your family, you need to step away from social media. Your family needs to talk with you, hear you, and most importantly you need to listen to what’s going on in your household.
YOUR EYES ARE EXTREMELY DRY AND TIRED
Take a look through your eyes. Are they dry and tired? If they are, seriously reconsider the amount of time you are spending on social media. Take care of yourself, as you only get one set of eyes. Take necessary breaks screen time and do get plenty of sleep each night.
YOUR FRIENDS ARE NO LONGER YOUR FRIENDS
Did you get overly passionate about something on social media? If you find your friends are no longer there, this many be the case. Keep in mind, what you post on social media, is the same as having a face to face conversation with someone. The Grandma Rule works every time in my book. If Grandma wouldn’t be proud of your social media update, do not post, end of statement.
YOU ARE RECEIVING POOR REVIEWS AT YOUR WORK PLACE
If you cannot concentrate at work, chances are your boss has noticed, by handing you a poor performance review. Remember, Facebook will be there (most likely) after you clock out from work. Focus on your job, not social media. Your boss hired you to do your job, not to post through social media 24/7, unless you were hired to post on Facebook for a business. I often wonder how several people post personal posts on social media several times a day, when they work in professions that do not have hours of breaks throughout the day.
YOUR STRESS LEVEL IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH
Is your blood pressure higher than normal? Is your hair falling out? Seriously, these are two things that indicate high stress levels. Life is too short to live with stress due to postings through social media. Walk away from whatever the hot topic is that is getting to you. Find other things to do. Plant a garden, take the kids to the park, wash your car, read a book, write a blog post, sing and play the piano, walk a mile or two or even call a friend or a relative. Yes, pick up the phone and talk to someone that you have not spoken to in a while. A phone call is often refreshing when social media has been consuming your life.
I hope you are not finding yourself with the above five issues. If you are, step away from social media. A simple solution may be deleting the Facebook App from your phone. That way you won’t be so easily tempted to check Facebook throughout the work day.
Tell me.. have you found yourself in need of a social media break? If so.. I’d love to hear how you are tackling the issue.