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Social media gotcha down?

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By Molly Mills

Social media can be addicting. For most people, it’s the last thing they do before going to bed and the first thing they do when they wake up. It’s nice to be easily connected to anyone or anything you’ll ever need, but like everything else, it has its side effects.

So many things that we see on the internet aren’t positive. From politics to people ranting about their own problems, social media really can be a bummer. When we are constantly updated and seeing negative news and posts, it can be hard to ignore it. Unfortunately, it’s easy to drown in all of the negativity and let it determine our mood or even how your whole day goes.

Not only do we see negative things on the internet, we feel the need to see them.  Going a whole class period or workday without checking our phone or social media networks can be difficult.  What if someone Snapchatted me? What if my mom tagged me in an ugly picture on Facebook? We make checking social media a necessity when it shouldn’t be.

When social media originated, it was meant for people to share good experiences and fun times and a way to connect with friends and family. But some use it in a negative way or to push certain political agendas.

Ways To Not Let Social Media Upset You:

  • Take a break.
  • Don’t believe everything you see on social media. Filters aren’t real.
  • Look around and appreciate real life (people and outdoors).
  • Don’t check social media when you first wake up let your day take its own course.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others through social media (that Instagram model doesn’t look like that in real life).
  • Make plans to meet up with friends in real life.

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