Five Ways Social Media Can Facilitate Personal Growth

Have you ever felt guilty about how much time you spend on social media? Or been made to think that connecting with others online is an unworthy pursuit?  This post focuses on five ways you can transform your social media time into productive personal growth time.  This may seem like a long shot, but have you considered that instead of focusing on the vanity-driven, selfie-obsessed aspects of social media, if you let it, social media can facilitate your emotional and spiritual development.

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Here are a few ways to promote growth from social media:

  1. Change your profile picture to something that makes you feel wonderful — whether it’s a picture in which you look your best, a photo of your children or grandchildren, a quote, or a group shot; you deserve to feel great about yourself
  2. Self-censor your news feed — whittle it down to what makes you feel good — positive people, people you love, picture posters, lovers of the world, foodies, good news spreaders, and other wonderful people — if someone constantly makes you feel bad about yourself or consistently spews hate, you might not want to see that on a regular basis (a secret weapon is Facebook’s “Unfollow” feature, which allows you to hide someone’s posts, but remain FB friends)
  3. Follow intelligent, articulate, like-minded people, projects, and companies — they’re out there, I promise!  On the other hand, if a celebrity/ public figure posts nothing but selfies, perhaps you aren’t learning anything from following him/ her
  4. Allow yourself only positivity (or at least not negativity) in how you speak and interact with others online — remain positive, respectful, and loving in your posts, remarks, and interactions (you’ll be shocked at how good it feels!) — I have one friend who now posts only music he loves and nothing else
  5. If you still don’t get a pick me up by being on social media, consider taking a break (a day, a week, a month, a few months) or making guidelines for yourself to limit how much time you spend on social media

As you can imagine, these practices develop you emotionally and spiritually because you see people and posts on a daily or weekly basis, sharing {mostly} positive information.  Who couldn’t feel great from that?!  We have an opportunity no other generation before us has had; you can watch your friends’ evolution and life paths unfolding!  It’s amazing!  You know, like the people who seem to have come alive after having children or meeting the right partner or discovering their true passion.  Similarly, you have the opportunity to get to know people you’ve known in “real life” only briefly. For me, there are some people I’ve known longer online than in person, but it wouldn’t be weird to meet up in person if they came through town.

What is your favorite aspect of social media?

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