*Based on research results from the U.S. surveying girls who use social media US n=556 age 10-17
5 Tips To Have A Healthy Relationship With Social Media
Social media doesn’t come with a how-to guide. Navigating a life online where filters and digital distortion has become the norm can be tough. The Dove Self-Esteem Project found that 80% of girls are using retouching apps by the age of 13. This strong relationship between the pressure to look a certain way on social media and self-esteem is affecting the mental health of young girls around the world. Let’s change this.
Although low self-esteem is one of the potential negative effects of social media, it can be a place of joy, too. Finding communities and sharing stories is empowering and can build self-confidence when used safely. Here are five helpful tips for building a healthy relationship with social media.
Remind yourself that perfection doesn’t exist.
80% of girls* have used a filter or an app to edit the way they look in their photos by the time they are 13. Filters can be fun but digital distortion isn’t real life. Social media is a highlight reel. Clever angles and poses can make people look very different and it’s important to remember that behind the filter is a real person and their lives aren’t always perfect
Your uniqueness is what makes you special so try not to compare yourself to others on social media. Sharing your individuality allows you to be your most authentic self - you don’t need to fit in
Get comfortable with not sharing.
There is a pressure to constantly post even when you don’t feel like it. It’s okay not to share and enjoy living in the real world. Social media should never feel like a chore
Building a social community, big or small, means giving people access to you. Whether with friends, family or followers, keeping some things private allows you to be in control. Spending too much time scrolling online can make you feel lonely or detached so try and reduce your screen time and enjoy a new offline hobby with a friend
Remember your why.
It takes a lot of confidence to share your personal thoughts online so it’s good to think about why you’re posting. From checking in with friends, sharing an issue you feel passionate about or learning a new hobby. Think about your purpose when spending time online. If it doesn’t make you feel happy and fulfilled, take a break from social media