Maybe you’re a social media party girl. Or maybe, like me, you’ve struggled with the whole area so much that you’ve pretty much ditched it.
I suspect that we each have our own different comfort zones when it comes to social media… I wonder which shade of pink best reflects your sweet spot?
You’re a party girl who loves to be where the action is: not one to miss out, your phone is always with you and you don’t mind how often you check it.
Social media for you is a place to let your hair down, make new friends (all around the globe), express yourself and generally have a brilliant time.
For you, it’s time well spent and ideas of addiction either don’t really feature for you, or you’re aware of a few issues, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.
You enjoy your smartphone throughout the day, but like to leave it at home now and then – perhaps when you go out for a walk or it’s date night.
You’ve switched notifications off (and maybe grey-ed your screen) as you were aware that they were stealing your focus.
You also invested in an old-fashioned alarm clock to help you better concentrate on your nighttime read.
You like to keep a close eye on your social media usage, as you’re aware that it can be quite a time-suck.
Your facebook wall is pretty much dormant, other than to share the odd family pic, but you do enjoy hanging out in facebook groups for a limited amount of time – either as a reward at the end of the day or to help you relax.
You bob in and out of instagram, but try to be intentional about any time spent online.
You’re aware that social media is an area of struggle for you, but it’s also a part of life that brings you joy, so you’ve taken steps that mean you can still enjoy platforms, but not feel tied to them.
You enjoy scrolling on Instagram once or twice a day, but very rarely post anything yourself, as you were aware that the created ‘online you’ was in danger of becoming more of a focus than the real life version.
You also try to limit your social media use to specific times of the day, ie: mealtimes or after work. Because you take these targets seriously, you’ve installed a timer app and asked your partner to hold you accountable.
You’ve ditched your smartphone and bought a basic brick that just makes calls and sends texts.
Your online activity is limited to your home computer and all social media sites are blocked to avoid temptation.
You acknowledge that although there are great benefits to social media – and feel sad that you’re passing up on so much fun! – you feel healthier without the constant temptation to check and see what you’re missing.
You also don’t miss the mood-dips that seemed to follow social-surfing sessions for you.
What’s your relationship with social media? Do you enjoy it or have concerns around your usage? Do any of the categories above ring bells for you? I’d be keen to hear!