Why healthy social media habits?
Of all the healthy habits to form in the new year, why are healthy social media habits so important?
Consider the following research and statistics:
Facebook, according to recent statistics compiled by Web analytics firm StatCounter, remains responsible for generating about two-thirds of the world's social media-related web activity.
One recent study tracked Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use in 143 undergraduate students for a three-week period and found that a decreased focus on social media lessened feelings of depression and loneliness.
Recently, several influencers were tricked into promoting a product that was, in fact, poisonous.
An analysis of tens of thousands of cannabis-related posts on Twitter found that social bots regularly perpetuated bogus health claims on the platform, illustrating how false statements may drown out solid science on social media.
According to Pew, 81 percent of teens say social media helps them feel a greater connection with their friends and 68 percent think social media allows them greater access to social support.
Do you see the connection?
Social media influences nearly every area of our lives, even the most intimate and personal ones. If the industry isn't taking responsibility for regulating the pervasiveness of abuse on each platform, then it's up to the individual.
My Social Habit is a platform that teaches individuals – whether marketer, influencer, parent, teen, or otherwise – how to have a healthier relationship with social media. In turn, users are hopefully inspired to "clean up their act," make better choices, and turn social media into an environment from which we don't need an escape, detox, or fast.
For more information on My Social Habit, click here and contact the founder or submit your information to become a subscriber. Likewise, you're encouraged to follow the site on whichever social media platform you feel the most comfortable.
Let's create social media spaces that feed us rather than deplete us.