I was fascinated to listen to the breakfast news today and hear statistics that linked the use of social media amongst teens to depression and anxiety. It’s a worrying report that stated, “The pressure on teenagers to be always available on social media can lead to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.” A link to the full piece is here
At a recent networking meeting I took part in a short training session about ‘mental decluttering’ and how having a digital detox can be as satisfying as a good tidy of your desk!
Although social media for business is what One to Three is all about, I have found recently that my personal social media habits were becoming a bit ‘full on’ and I would be checking my feeds to see what everyone else was up to rather than enjoying a chat with my children, or picking up the phone to chat to a friend. It became a really bad habit and considering I limit screen time for my children to a healthy level, I thought I must start practising what I preach.
So, I’ve taken a step back from my personal social media feeds – I am on social media most of the day for my clients, and that’s fine, social media for business is an amazing tool and the impact a well maintained page can have an a businesses brand or awareness certainly shouldn’t be underestimated, but on a personal level….it’s a bit of a worry when anxiety and social media are put in the same sentence.
Life is for living, not sharing every minute detail with a group of ‘friends’ and we should all take time to check in on our own happiness and successes before endlessly comparing ourselves to others.
I would love to hear what you think about this