Social Media: What We Need to Remember this Summer

 

By: Meghan Reinhardt, Strategic Planning Committee Member

Magnified illustration with the word Social Media on white background.

Social media is a staple on anyone’s cell phone. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have taken over as a means to connect with friends and share experiences with others through pictures, statuses or 140-character messages. While social media is a wonderful tool to connect with people, become informed and promote ideas—sometimes people get down on themselves about all the fun others are having.

People, especially millennials, are obsessed with who’s liking their picture, how many likes they get and even their “like-to-minute” ratio. Something we need to remember this summer is that people are only posting the positive aspects of their summer. It’s easy to be convinced that your summer is dull and boring compared to the happy, fun experiences projected by everyone you know on social media.

An article about depression and social media by Natascha M. Santos, PsyD, of Everyday Health revealed that looking at the “glamorized” life of others could lead us to minimize the positive relationships in our own lives.

With that being said, here are some things we need to remember when looking at social media this summer:

1. Everyone only posts the good stuff: people aren’t going to post when they’re having a boring day or doing nothing. Don’t get down on yourself if you see one person Instagram a picture from the beach, and you’re still in your PJs at noon.

2. You only post the good stuff too! Yes, you’re a culprit in this social media game. Look at your own Instagram or Facebook account. Because you only post fun and interesting stuff, people probably get down on themselves from looking at your social media, too!

3. Don’t let it depress you—let it inspire you. Maybe you follow a friend who’s interning in a fun city, posting pictures all the time and constantly tweeting “#ilovemyinternship”. First of all, be happy for him or her! Second, let that inspire you to brush up on your interview skills or build up your resume so that next summer, you can be throwing that hashtag around. Do you follow a ton of healthy eating Instagram accounts and wish you could cook some of the recipes they post? Try it! You’ll be surprised at what you can do with some directions and ingredients.

4. Don’t spend all your time online. It’s summer. Go outside, read a book, heck—stop looking at social media, and get back to your internship! And when you do jump on social media to check out what’s going on in other people’s lives, be happy for them.

Social media isn’t a bad thing, it’s just something you have to be careful about. The positives in life should be celebrated and shared, so don’t feel guilty about posting. But next time you’re scrolling through your feed, remember that the grass always looks greener on the other side (or on someone else’s social media accounts).

 

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