It’s been made pretty clear that social media can have a negative impact on the self-esteem of its users; yet we continue to use it.
We’re all guilty of it. How many times a day do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed? Probably more than you would like to admit.
Kesha (yes, “Kesha”, she no longer goes by Ke$ha) recently completed treatment for an eating disorder. While in treatment, Kesha was off the Twitter radar.
Her first tweet was on March 6th, stating: “Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support you have given me.”
I think two simple lessons can be learned from this tweet.
Lesson one: it’s OK, and it may be even in your best interest, to give social media a break, particularly during a difficult time.
I’m not saying you have to cut it cold turkey, but do you really need to check every five minutes? Take a moment to stop and actually smell the roses, not Instagram them.
Lesson two: social media can be used for good. In her tweet, Kesha thanked her fans for their support.
During her time in treatment, Kesha’s fans continued to tweet at her, and I’m sure it was a good feeling to get out of treatment and feel so much love. Look for things that inspire you and share those things with the people you love.
Remember: Use it, don’t abuse it.
Sarah Liming is currently a junior at the University of Dayton. She is a psychology major and is currently involved with an organization on campus called Active Minds which focuses on reducing the negative stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. After she finishes her undergrad education, Sarah plans to work at a clinic helping people recover from eating disorders.
It’s easy to become obsessive with social media and particularly with Instagram. Women and girls are constantly bombarded with photos of skinny, fit, trendy, well-traveled women which can lead to low self esteem. I personally find myself admiring photos and trying new fitness activities because of what I have seen. Although that is a positive influence, I have also been inclined to purchase items or attend events for the sake of the photo. Iâ€™ve noticed that people frequently take photos of their food at restaurants, during hikes, and anywhere possible. When I find myself doing the same, I have to remind myself that it isnâ€™t necessary that the world know that I am at the gym or wherever I am. So I completely agree that unplugging once in a while and just enjoying the present is vital for staying healthy.
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