7 Ways to Achieve Social Media Happiness

If Facebook, Twitter and Instagram make you sad or anxious about life, it's time to get a grip. Stop complaining and take the reins. Here's how to do it.
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The past few years have turned out many surveys and studies linking social media to stress, depression or a general decline in happiness.

This isn’t so shocking if you think about it. Most Facebook feeds consist of overopinionated status updates sprinkled with unnerving news alerts, are innundated with cheesy, staged engagement photos, and topped off with prompts from an animal cruelty group to sign a petition to bust a kill shelter. It’s no wonder why it’s so hard to have a zen social media experience. But what can you do about it?

Some people think that deactivating your profile is the only ticket to social media nirvana. I disagree. I mean, would you throw away your television because it was making you gain weight? Maybe you would, but you’d be misdirecting your energy. TV isn’t causing weight gain, your food and exercise choices are. Spend less time with Netflix and hit the gym—leave the TV out of it.

Similarly, there are things you can do to adjust how you consume content on all social networks. The following seven tips can be applied in some way to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ or Pinterest.

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1. Don’t stop at your newsfeed. When the newspaper is delivered to your door every morning, it doesn’t come with a gun to your head forcing you to read everything presented in front of you. The same goes with social content—you aren’t beholden to your home feed. Take control by going directly to trending topics when you sign in or searching for the day’s top headlines, then pick and choose what to read.

2. Unfollow and bookmark. If you’re passionate about a cause that gets you down or reminds you of a traumatic event, you can keep tabs on the topic without having them appear in your daily feed. (I have a friend who is extremely passionate about feeding the homeless, but found following certain charity groups on social media a little upsetting. If you’re prone to depression, this can ruin your day!) Unfollow the accounts and bookmark them in a folder marked “social” in your browser. Set a calendar reminder to check in on them once a week so you don’t miss out on any major events. You go to them instead of them coming to you.

3. Block your ex and throw away the key. While social media is great for making connections and cyberstalking can be harmless and fun, some breakups should stay broken. The www is big enough to never, ever have to see him or her ever again. Here’s how to block someone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Fair points. I would add #4: don’t make too much fuss about being into social networking. The point is, the less you talk about socializing online, the less you actually do it, the less limits you have. In fact, social networking can be a valuable source of information, for example, news or last posts of the events you are interested. And, that’s it. You yourself decide whether you want to communicate online of seek person-to-person communication. It’s easier to write into Messenger, but there was time when you didn’t have an account in Facebook, but you did have a wide friend list who could provide you with help not online, but in real life: either emotional, physical or even financial support during real-time communication.

  2. I love these tips! From my experience I know that sometimes social media can be too overwhelming, that's why it's important to know when to give yourself a break. It has to be a positive experience and not something that makes you anxious.

  3. Social media, in my view has both sides. You can get in a world where people share ideas, their lifestyles and excitements that happen, and then you have the lunatics which spy on people, manipulate their identity and so along. Social Media doesn't really lean on either side, it inclines to the heart.

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  5. I'm actually not surprised at the link between SM and stress, considering how many relationship complications can arise from it. Also there's the fact that you feel like you always need to be posting something, and it can get very self-centered in my opinion.

  6. I'm actually not surprised at the link between SM and stress, considering how many relationship complications can arise from it. Also there's the fact that you feel like you always need to be posting something, and it can get very self-centered in my opinion.

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  8. I absolutely love this post. People need to be educated more about social media since the users are increasing day by day. In my own view, social media is an awesome tool that we use to encourage one another, communicate and also share ideas. Social media gives us an opportunity to reconnect with old and new friends who live far away.

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