Social Media is a big part of 21st century life.
Using it has brought benefits to its users, however using social media has a lot of triggering effects like loneliness, anxiety and depression.
Let’s learn how to stop social media triggers!
What Is Social Media?
Social Media refers to websites and applications that allow users to be part of a social network. They allow users to create and share content.
Different Types Of Social Media Include:
- Social Networks: Websites such as Facebook that allow users to post information, comments, images and messages.
- Microblogging: Sites such as WordPress that allow anyone to post comments to a micro blog that attracts an audience.
- Photo Sharing: Sites such as Instagram that allow users to share digital photos online.
- Video Sharing: Online video platforms such as YouTube allow users to upload, convert, store and playback video content on the internet.
What Is Social Media Used For?
Social media platforms help users connect, share and give information and connect with millions of other users.
It’s important not to ignore social media, since it is an important part of our lives today.
There are roughly 3.5 billion people worldwide that use social media. That’s 45% of the world’s population. As of 2019 an additional 360 million people started using social media.
What Are Some Pros and Cons Of Social Media?
- Marketing Tool: Social media can be used for marketing a business. Since so many adults use social media it is a great for getting leads.
- Self Education: Social media platforms such as YouTube have changed how we teach ourselves. Whether it’s a video blog (vlog) or a video posted by a college professor social media has changed how we learn.
- Build Relationships: At its root the purpose of social media is about connecting people to people. As you build these relationships there are opportunities to tap into new networks that may open up new opportunities.
- Share Your Expertise: Social media is great for sharing what you know. Sharing what you know can attract other connections.
- Depression And Anxiety: A major effect of social media is being a trigger for depression and anxiety.
- Cyberbullying: A person can be bullied by another person on social media through triggering messages.
- FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out): We get anxious seeing something more exciting going on in someone else’s life. We also feel jealous and angry when we think we’re missing out.
- Internet Addiction: Using social media can turn into an addiction.
- Unhealthy Sleep Patterns: The overuse of social media via electronic devices makes it harder to sleep.
- Poor Body Image: Social media can cause a user to have a poor body image. They may start comparing themselves with other users.
- Half Baked Ideas About Life: Social media paints a picture of what life should be like and we become addicted to posting the perfect post in order to receive likes.
How To Stop Social Media Triggers?
The triggering effects of social media harm a user’s mental health.
There are users called trolls that cause a lot of problems for other users.
What Is A Troll?
A Troll is a social media user that starts fights or upsets other users. They post triggering and off topic messages in order to provoke other users.
Once a user has a presence on social media, it’s hard to totally avoid trolls. I’ve learned over time how to handle them.
Not letting trolls bait you online is good for your mental health.
Tips For Handling Trolls Before You Get Triggered:
- Be Empathetic: A troll might be having mental health problems of their own. They may use social media to vent their problems.
- Be Aware Of The Issue: Before things gets out of control, find out why the troll is angry. If it’s being caused by something you’ve done, apologize for it.
- Take It Offline: Talk to a troll privately through private messaging.
- Ban Or Block Them: A troll may have to be banned or blocked. Especially if they’re still trying to trigger you.
How Do You Handle Social Media Triggers?
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