We’ve all heard that social media can take a toll on our mental health, and I’m sure you’ve felt the effects of it too. The trouble is that we don’t always know what it means to have healthy social media habits. Social media is so ingrained in our daily lives that not using social media constantly is almost seen as taboo.

It reminds me of that modern dating horror story video where the girl freaks out when the guy she’s dating admits he’s not on social media. After all, it’s pretty uncommon for someone to not be on social media at all.

I’ve personally come to the point where I feel burnt out from social media. I’m simply overwhelmed by how much information there is to consume. It feels like people are doing things just to post about them on social media, and that doesn’t feel right to me.

I’ve never felt the urge to delete everything completely, but I have felt the need to step away from it all. That being said, the Netflix show You did make me consider getting as far away from social media as possible and never talking to a stranger again 😂

Sometimes I think back to the days when Instagram stories didn’t even exist and podcasts were barely a thing. I consumed so much less back then and my mind was definitely a healthier place. The old-soul in me longs for the simpler days when I didn’t even have access to the internet on my Motorola Razr. Back then, the only way to access social media (aka Myspace) was at home on a computer

The Negatives & Positives Of Social Media

I know that there are positives to social media. For me, a huge positive is being able to connect with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’ve been able to talk to and meet up with incredible people who have similar interests and passions. I’ve been able to keep up with the lives of my cousins who live in different countries, and I’ll never forget the day when Kehlani posted on Snapchat that she liked my blog.

Social media (or more accurately, the people on social media) can provide us with inspiration, new ideas, different ways of thinking. There’s also the memes and Vine compilations that make you laugh until you pee.

But the comparison part is not fun. Social media can feel so highly curated and people tend to only share their highlight reels. Even though I know this, it can feel like my life is not as fun or put together as others seem. There’s also pressure to stay relevant by posting often, and that’s not fun either.

That’s why I made some changes to avoid having to deal with those not-so-fun parts. Life is happening outside of social media, and I knew it wasn’t healthy to be on social media every second of my day.

5 Tips For Healthy Social Media Habits

If you need to reevaluate your relationship with social media but don’t want to quit cold turkey, here are some tips for healthier social media habits: