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Q&A: How do we stop social media from ruining our self esteem?

How do we stop social media from ruining our self esteem? Here’s the thing: Living well with social media requires some very intentional boundary setting. Especially if you rely on it for business or keeping up with people far away, or even for news, it can really take over your free time without you even paying attention to it.

Here’s my best practices for keeping it positive…

Over to you! Does social media make you feel good, bad, or totally indifferent? How do you draw the line between too much exposure to social media and real life? 

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    Melanie Gibson

    July 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    I like that – keeping social media useful and not letting it control your life. In my opinion, social media is a double-edged sword: I’ve found some really valuable information and I’ve gotten back in touch with people that I knew when I was in high school and have not crossed paths with since. And it lets me stay in contact with my family, which can be tricky otherwise because I live away from them. But I will admit to sometimes reading the comments that others have been leaving because makes me feel smug and superior, since I don’t argue over the Internet with people or leave obnoxious posts. Honestly, I don’t know how you put up with some of it. Another thing is that I have never been so grateful for not being able to afford most of the electronic gizmos out there – I find that I am a lot more engaged with nature and my environment than a lot of people.

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    July 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Those were some really great tips!
    I do go on technology but I don’t have social media

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    July 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    There are some great tips here, thank you. For me – I don’t use Facebook or Twitter on my phone – Instagram only when I’m out of the house. If I’m out I should be doing real life stuff anyway, and I carry a book to read when waiting around. At home, I have my FB contacts ordered into sets and anyone I’ve friended whose content I don’t find compelling, I “unfollow” so their updates don’t go into my feed. Plus my notifications are off for all social media, so they can’t intrude into my other work/life.

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    Sarah F

    August 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Kate – I am similar. I unfollow anyone who I can’t unfriend but brings me down in any way. I also have felt SO MUCH peace with turning off notifications on my phone. The only things that ding for me are phone calls, text messages, and my “important” email address (I have multiple). Plus, it’s always good to remind yourself that people only post things they want you to see, and you don’t see all the real life stuff that also happens. Life is messy, and that is part of the fun!

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