This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). The images in this post will expand when clicked.
While social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and is even used in some contexts for learning; it is important that we are mindful about how we use social media and the potential negative effects on our health.
This article (mindful.org, March 2016) is particularly interesting as it relates our use of online social spaces to our real-life insecurities and how our online behaviour can court these emotions and feelings, thus leading to a negative effect. https://www.mindful.org/before-you-scroll-try-this-social-media-practice/
However it’s not all bad news. There are mindfulness app’s that we can install to help track and limit our use of potentially negative habit-forming platforms. There is also lots of advice about being mindful and healthy when interacting in online social spaces. A quick Google search will return numerous sites and articles – here’s a couple of examples to get you started:
- 8 best mindfulness app’s. The Guardian, January 2019. https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/phones-accessories/best-mindfulness-apps-a8217931.html
- 9 mindful social media practices. tiny buddha. https://tinybuddha.com/blog/9-mindful-social-media-practices-make-you-happier-person/.