Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram? Well, your mindless scrolling may actually be taking a huge impact on your life. You might not realize that everything you see on social media is impacting your life in some way or another.
As we scroll through various social media platforms, we find ourselves comparing to the world we see. We end up believing that what we see on social media is a reality. We believe that living a rich, lavish lifestyle will bring us happiness and success, just like the influencers on our screens.
The impact of social media can become addicting. This is actually a scientific fact; chemicals are released into our brain when we react to social media. One chemical in particular is known as dopamine. Dopamine causes us to seek, desire, and search. Hint, the reason why social media can cause us to seek for attention and the need to desire the world we see.
A lot of people use social media for business, motivation or to stay connected with friends and family. These are all great reasons to use social media but there are a lot of other factors that come from using these platforms.
One of the reasons that I enjoy using social media is for inspiration. Before the gym, I scroll through Instagram to get motivation for my workout. I search through different hashtags to build up the encouragement to try new workout ideas and techniques. Some hashtags I search for quick inspiration are #gymworkouts, #HIIT and/or #fitness. I save posts and workout videos from other female influencers to use during a gym session.
With all the great reasons to use social media, we sometimes get a false perception of reality. When we view someone else’s life, we begin to compare our own life to theirs. Don’t feel bad about doing this, we all do it – we are human! But it’s up to us to not let it impact our lives negativity.
I hope these small pointers will help guide you to use social media for the right reasons. Always remember, you are special – you don’t need to compare yourself to others to show your value!