There is no denying that social websites’ usage is at its peak. According to Pew Research Centre, 74% of internet users use social networking sites. 71% of online adults use Facebook, 23% Twitter, 26% Instagram, 28% LinkedIn. It is used for a variety of purposes such as social networking, uploading statuses, blogging, uploading photos and videos, promotion of businesses, establishing of online businesses, information seeking, entertainment, etc. We spend most of our time of the day on these websites. So it is very important to use them intelligently. How do you do that? Well, the following are some of the strategies that you could adopt on using social websites.
1. Don’t spend too much time on them.
It is important not to give too much of your time unless you really have to, for e.g for the promotion of your business or setting one, for networking which is benefiting you in an important way, or for an emergency purpose that you feel you can’t be away from it too long. Your time is precious, you don’t want to waste it scrolling through unimportant stuff and which are in no use to you. Ask yourselves, how could you have so no life that you are wasting it on trying to figure out what is going on in others’ and that too is upsetting you, because they seem far more happier and contented than you. So benefit from it, do what you have to do and skip the non essential stuff.
2.Set a fixed time.
Everyday when you wakeup in the morning, ask yourself when am i going to be free today where i am going to just relax and don’t do anything important. And then prescribe that time to using social websites. What this would do is that it would prevent you from wasting your time. It would stop the urge of taking out your phone in the middle of an important meeting, or studying or while interacting with your friend. Tell yourself each day that this is my time during which i am allowed to login to my social websites and i am not going to use them any other time. It could be in the morning from 8am to 9am or 2pm to 2.30pm or 9pm to 11pm, whatever time suits you. I know it is easier said than done but believe me, it is just going to be hard in the first few days or weeks maximum, but after you get through that period, it is going to be very normal. You would be surprised you are going through the whole day without going into your social sites other than your fixed time that you have set for it.
Now there are a lot of people who may be feeling just fine but as soon as they log in to their Facebook accounts, smiles on their faces disappear. Why? Because they are browsing through this album of their friend who is having so much fun and he/she is but all alone. First of all, if that is the case, then deactivate yourself from this virtual world. You won’t have to see anyone laughing and having amazing times, and it could help you immensely in lowering your depression. But if you can’t do that either, then wise up, if people have the right to enjoy their lives, so do you. Go out with friends and family members and have the best of your times. Take selfies and videos and upload them. What this would do is that it would allow you to come out of these feelings of being alone and everybody having fun. You would also notice that you are enjoying seeing other people having fun because you are.