Presenting Day 2 of Cultivating Care and Reaching Out In Kindness, brought to you by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Wellness and Mental Health!
With technology usage at an all-time high, you may experience joy and frustration with life online. We use social media to stay connected with friends and family, keep up with news and celebrities, inform others about our lives and more. The convenience of smartphones means we can get up-to-the-second updates from our app notifications, and for many, this leads to being stuck in a pattern of grabbing our phones at every chime and engaging in constant scrolling. Topics, such as the pandemic’s impact on our lives and economy, racial discourse, and political sparring are splashed all over our timelines.
So how do you take care of yourself while enjoying social media? Check out these tips!
- Before you open an app and start scrolling, ask yourself if you’re in the mood for what you might see. Check in with yourself during and after your time online.
- Do you have people whose posts trigger you? Consider muting them, so you cannot see their posts when you scroll. This can be done on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
- Schedule your time online. Be purposeful when you engage instead of just reaching for the phone when you hear a notification. This will help you with not being overwhelmed.
- Turn off your notifications! It is hard to stay focused on the world around you with constant pinging, and it may cause you to start a scrolling session and lose track of time and task. You may also feel anxious knowing there are posts, messages and videos waiting for you to observe. Control how and when you engage instead of the notifications shaping that for you.
- Remember that what you see of others (and what you post of yourself) isn’t fully representative of the real world. Others are choosing what they share with you online, just the same as you are choosing when you post. Be careful not to compare yourself to polished images.
- Be careful in the comment section. Think before you comment, and consider the source when you read what others say- it is easy to get caught up in negativity when you end up doomsurfing or doomscrolling (pattern of seeking or viewing negative content, even if it makes you sad, anxious, or angry).
- Don’t ignore cyberbullying. We all have a right to respect when online- if you are mistreated, see something offensive, or view content that just doesn’t feel right, report it. People can feel emboldened behind anonymous screennames, and algorithms miss questionable content all the time, so it is up to us as an online community to keep it safe for us all!
- If it all just seems like too much, feel free to take a break! Let your followers know so they don’t worry about you. Take care of you first!
For another perspective on taking a break online, check out Social Media Detox…This Changed My Life!! Happy Scrolling!
As a reminder, you can participate by:
- Take a moment to anonymously share a few words of gratitude here, which will be displayed on a “virtual bulletin board” and become a video to be released on Nov. 11.
- Complete and email the “Kindness Card” to someone you really appreciate or someone who could simply use some extra words of encouragement at this time. The link to access the card is here.