How to Use Social Media Positively

Social media often gets a bad rap, and with good reason. When used incorrectly, social media can promote negative behaviours such as body dysmorphia, eating disorders, selfishness, low self esteem, peer pressure and unrealistic views on life, appearance and identity. However, when used correctly, social media can be a good thing. Social media keeps us in touch with friends and family. Social media can serve as entertainment; I know I look forward to the memes shared daily among my friends and I. Social media can keep us abreast of current events, and teach us new things. Above all, social media can assist with personal branding and networking. I’ve met dozens of lovely people on social media– several of whom have become good friends!

Daily writing prompt
How do you use social media?

There was once a time when I used social media negatively too. I compared myself to people who didn’t even look like their pictures in real life, ha! Over the years, I have taken several social media breaks when I found my internal voice being negatively affected by the content I was seeing. However, for at least one or two years, my social media use– while a bit excessive– has become nearly 100% positive. I’ve silently unfollowed accounts of people who don’t add value to my day, or any content that seemed too far-fetched, unrealistic or was affecting me negatively in any way. I even limit my intake of the news too.

Instead, I follow only uplifting content– pages which share positive quotes, inspiring material, funny memes and of course, travel bloggers who can teach me about new places to go and things to try. With that said, while I do spend up to 3 hours a day on social media (not consecutively), at least I feel uplifted in the process. I’ve also used it to expand my creativity and grow my Adventures from Elle community. I’m happy about my small but thriving account and engaged community, and my confidence has also grown in leaps and bounds during the process.

With that said, here are 5 quick tips to use social media more positively.


How to Use Social Media Positively

  1. Unfollow, mute, restrict or even block accounts which negatively affect you in any way. It’s your feed. You’re allowed to control and filter what shows up on it.
  2. Avoid posting personal life details such as the inner workings of your relationship, job frustrations and a blow-by-blow account of your itinerary and whereabouts for your safety.
  3. Don’t use social media while out with friends and family. Living in the moment increases your happiness.
  4. Ensure that the content you put out there aligns with you, your personal brand and the image you want to represent you. Your social media accounts are viewed by your coworkers, employer and even embassies!
  5. Last but not least, always remember that your social media engagement does not define your worth or talent in any way. 🙂 Work on your self perception and happiness so that even if a post gets zero likes, you’re still satisfied with the content you put out.

Wrap Up

Here’s to being more consistent with these daily prompts. I quite enjoy doing them but I don’t do them often because I don’t want to scare away subscribers who follow expecting only one kind of content (travel). Anyway, if you’ve ever wanted to practice a daily writing habit, now is the time to join! These 365 prompts a year will make an expert writer out of you in no time.

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‘Til next time.

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Adventures from Elle is a travel blog for locals & visitors who want to experience the best of Jamaica, one adventure at a time. The blog is curated by Rochelle Knight, a junior resident (M.D.) in internal medicine and published author. She began the blog in 2016 as a medical student & wants to see the world, starting with her home country. Purchase her book 'SIGHTSEE JAMAICA' on Amazon and join her in Jamaica!

80 thoughts on “How to Use Social Media Positively

  1. haha nice ending to the post. For me I find social media difficult to navigate. I guess Im ‘old’ and lived through a time when social media wasnt a thing anyone had heard of because it didnt exist. I was at the age where people really get into social media – say 18 – 30, and there basically was no social media. and i agree with your take on how to deal with it, if you see people, even your friends posting stuff that makes you upset or anxious, just adjust it so it doesnt stay on your feed. its really hard to balance social media I find as a part of my life, and i dont really use it that often. i mean, im nearly 50 and yet i still feel you know, bad about myself and compare myself to others posting on there. I cant imagine what its like being a teenager who’s not confident in their body scrolling through instagram. and I’m also not female. 20 years basically no media, Facebook is developing and maybe the start of twitter. today, who can imagine life without it?

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    1. Social media is definitely a double edged sword. Since it became a ‘thing’ in my early teens which sadly is also when we’re the most vulnerable and impressionable, I guess I kind of grew up on it and suffered for a bit as a result. I’m happy I’ve learnt to navigate it and it’s no longer a negative influence. My mom has never created a single account on social media and sometimes I wish I were like her– blissfully ignorant of how painful a space it can be if one isn’t careful. Thanks for reading, Andy 🙂


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