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4 Ways for Teenagers to Have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

Healthy Relationship with Social Media Sisterhood Agenda
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Yes, teenagers can have a healthy relationship with social media. However, it takes mindfulness and specific effort.

Sisterhood Agenda promotes holistic health. This includes physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Youth mental health is a key priority. The use of social media has made society more connected than ever.  But do you have a healthy relationship with social media?

There are almost three billion active social media users.

Social media platforms make reading the latest news and discussing current events easy. A U.S. study shows that 70% of American teenagers use social media. However, many people believe that social media is dangerous for teenagers’ wellness. In fact, the U. S. Surgeon General recently issued a social media warning.

The National Institutes of Health’s recent study explores the negative effects of social media platforms. Issues include sleep, increased stress, emotional issues, and social media addiction. The safety of teenagers online and cyberbullying are also issues of concern. Thankfully, many of us are taking steps to deal with these kinds of worries.  We don’t have to cancel our online use altogether.  Instead, we can learn what it means to have a healthy relationship with social media.

The key is to engage in online interactions in a healthy way.

Our experience at Sisterhood Agenda has taught us that there are many ways for teenagers to have a healthy relationship with social media, just as it is with other forms of media. You might find some of these useful. Let’s start!

READ MORE: HEALTHY MEDIA USE AMONG ADOLESCENTS

Healthy Relationship with Social Media Tip #1:   Stop following bad accounts

It’s crucial to keep in mind that social media posts aren’t a true depiction of reality. It doesn’t matter if you follow friends, celebrities, brands, or institutions. They regularly create and filter posts for their social media accounts. Do you ever feel overloaded or unhappy after reading your feed? Do you always compare what you’ve done to what others have done? If so, you may have seen a general decrease in your satisfaction with life, self-worth, and happiness. It’s time to try something new. You should stop the bad vibes by looking over the accounts you follow. If someone’s account makes you feel bad, you should unfollow them or block them.

Healthy Relationship with Social Media Tip #2:  Set key task priorities

If you have a lot of apps open, it can be hard to do things like your daily tasks. You can stop this from happening by setting your phone to “do not disturb” to block alerts from showing up. Also, it helps if you make a place in your home where no devices are allowed. This will make it easier to remember to take breaks and won’t interfere with other hobbies like reading or working.

Healthy Relationship with Social Media Tip #3:  Limit your screen time

Mobile phones are everywhere. It’s very common to see people staring down at their phones in public places.

According to recent polls, people spend more than three hours every day on social media.

If you think you may be using social media excessively, think about the best way to reduce your use. Try to do activities that are good for you, like spending time with family and friends, exercising, going for a walk outside, or reading a good book. It would help if you started by keeping an eye on how much time you spend on online platforms. When you limit how much time you spend in front of a screen, you have more time for real-world activities that will make your life better.

Healthy Relationship with Social Media Tip #4:  Don’t just blindly post anything online

It’s easy to express your frustrations on social media when you’re feeling bad. But you need to carefully think about what to write before posting it. This is because it is far more challenging to change what you say in online spaces. Because users can quickly take screenshots and spread them, what you share will be seen by countless people. If you change your mind about what you shared, removing a post may not be enough to get rid of it.

It’s not all doom and gloom

We hope that you find some of these recommendations for having a healthy relationship with social media helpful.  Teenagers and healthy social media can be a reality.

Let’s keep in mind that there are also many advantages to using social media. Teenagers use social media to share their opinions and find groups of friends who share their interests. People can enjoy milestones and get back in touch with old friends through social media.

Whatever effect we may think these digital platforms will have on teenagers, we regularly use social media to raise knowledge about many issues, even mental health concerns.

When you take charge of your social media use, you can reap many of the rewards while minimizing the risks.

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