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Week 3: Maximized Mindset Transformation … Social Media

This week we examined the role and impact of media in our lives. Wikipedia has a few definitions, here are a few we liked:

Media: the plural form of medium

1.An agency or means of doing something

2.The substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses

3.A Means by which something is communicated or expressed.

Social Media: forms of electronic communication (websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content, such as videos.

It’s also interesting to notice that  women spend a lot more time using the internet (and other means of social media) than men do. It is already more common for women to have issues with negative body image than it is for men, and could this internet usage be pushing that even further? There seems to be some impact because the media somehow forces us to change our perception of ourselves. We are constantly comparing ourselves to an ideal that probably isn’t very realistic. It’s this constant comparison that really does the damage. For those of us who struggle with mindset already, it can add fuel to a low self-esteem thought pattern and grow it into anxiety, depression and suicide.

“Facebook Depression,” where people show clinical signs of depression — feelings of worthlessness, lack of motivation, irritability, anger, suicidal thoughts — after using social media. This extreme example points to the larger issue affecting us all, the much-talked-about (with little actually done about it) negative side affects of our online lives. We passively click through the photos of other people constantly — the parties we weren’t invited to, the jobs we didn’t get, the bodies we don’t have — in short, the lives we aren’t leading are right in front of our faces all day long. It’s no wonder we sign off feeling inadequate, no matter how accomplished and exciting our real lives may be.

What if you took a break from all social media? What if you took a break from all media, altogether? Here’s one volunteer’s experience,

“After a 2 year hiatus, I sought out people whose posts left me feeling positive, whether it was Anna Kendrick’s hilariously unglamorous Instagram or a feed of basset hounds in raingear. Now when I go online, I look for feeds that make me feel included, not like I’m being held a filter’s length away. My most satisfying posts have been those that allowed me to interact with followers over a common love or frustration.” – Monet Eliastam

So what if? Imagine if social media became a place where we shared our dreams instead of hiding our faults, where we collaborated in conversation instead of trolling anonymously, where we felt included instead of excluded.

I have an incredible tool in my hands, I need to use it to …  {fill in the blank for yourself}

Here’s some guidelines for posting:

Did you read a great article? Did that last Humane Society ad make you want to donate all your money to abandoned puppies? Are you furious over the latest pothole on your drive to work?

Post about it!

You have the power to affect real change through social media. What could you post that would inspire others?

Use your brain:

For every person you stalk, there is someone doing the same to you. Chances are it’s someone younger and impressionable who thinks that your life is way cooler than hers will ever be.

Share your vacation pictures because you want others to see spectacular natural beauty, not to brag about your sweet hotel room.

Post that picture of you and your girlfriends having a sleepover because you want to show what friendship looks like to you.

Share, don’t show:

Use your captions and statuses to interact with your friends and followers.

Did you just get a new job? Ask for tips on how to make the most of it.

Are you stressed about … childbirth? Migraines? First day of school? Don’t be afraid to admit it!

When you truly share your life, people will feel included by your experiences — the good and not-so-good — and you may be surprised by just how much you benefit.

Follow people who inspire you to do good:

Think about the people you enjoy following.

What is it about those photos/tweets/statuses that make you feel better for having seen them?

Actively seek out people who leave you feeling positive and motivated.

We each took a few moments to share the people we like to follow, the posts that have meant something to us and the positive posters who light up our feeds with good looking photos and inspiring words.

Share a few of yours with us too!

Kari

 

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