Stress. It’s a word that every adult knows all to well. Stress can come from a variety of sources and affects everyone in different ways. Social media can add quite a bit to the other stressors that you already face. Being so quickly connected and updated about all of the lives of your friends and family can be overwhelming and create added pressure and stress.
It is important not to spend so much time focused on social media, especially if you see it adding stress to your life. Everyday living and work puts enough stress and strain on us, the last thing we need is to add to that ourselves by spending too much time trying to focus on social media. Stress can affect us physically, emotionally, and can take a toll on our productivity as well.
It is important to find a way to relax and escape from the stress of everyday living. Social media can be useful in relaxing and easing stress but overuse and misuse will only add to your stress, and can make things worse. I would encourage taking a good look at how much time you spend on Facebook and Twitter, and consider if it could be increasing the amount of stress in your life. “Facebook envy” can create a stress and cause a lot of problems in relationships, so it is important to make sure that you don’t allow social media websites to become stressors. If you find yourself logged in too much, take a break for a day, maybe even a week and see if you notice a difference.
Social media is a great tool for connecting with friends and family, but if not kept in check, it could be too much of a good thing. Make sure you’re not adding stress to your life through social media.
Paul Kent, Assistant Community Manager