Seven Ways to Use Social Media the Right Way

Social media plays a huge part of our lives—and our posts can follow us for years to come. It’s critical to find a balance and use social media the right way.

Social media has become a huge part of our lives. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have many great qualities when used properly. However, what we post can also have damaging effects on people. Finding a good balance is critical—here are some ways you can use social media the right way.

Don’t Post Something You Might Regret Later
Your social media posts can come back to haunt you if you’re not careful—a post that could be construed as offensive could even cost you a future job. With every post you make, you should think ahead and consider whether you might regret the post in the future.

Don’t Post When You’re Angry
Social media can quickly become a place of negativity. It’s so easy to post whatever you want, whenever you want—but posting in the heat of the moment while you’re angry or emotional can be destructive and hurtful to others.

Track Your Time
Try to keep track of how much time you spend on social media in a given day—you’ll slowly realize how much time you waste on it. Establish specific times during the day to check it, such as once in the morning, during your lunch break, and around dinner. You can also limit yourself by using social media on just one device. Since you likely carry your phone with you all day, try uninstalling your apps and only checking your accounts on your desktop.

Don’t Read the Comments
Social media allows everyone’s voice to be heard, but that isn’t always a good thing. The comments sections are notorious for their negativity and discord. To have a more positive experience, avoid reading and leaving comments.

Use Privacy Settings
Another way we recommend you use social media the right way is to go private. This option will allow only the people whose friend requests you have accepted to see your posts and pictures.

Be Genuine
Social media has some great uses, but people often post unrealistic versions of themselves and their lifestyles. Many people use Facetune and other abundance filters to make themselves look better, which can be very harmful to others’ self-esteem.

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