What reports are saying:
– When focused on Facebook activity of close friends, users are more likely to eat unhealthy snacks and give up on difficult tasks. Hello brownie and laptop. Goodbye Excel spreadsheet.
– Posting photos users know that their friends will “like” or comment on, gives such a huge boost of confidence that other areas in life suffer. Spending too much money or eating too many calories don’t seem to matter in that moment. Upload photos from your fruity-drink-breezey-palm-tree-80 degree vacation; then, decide you are too awesome to pay off your entire credit card bill and grab a doughnut.
– Other people’s opinions of a user’s Facebook life matter a lot. And, creating a flattering and fascinating image is more important than showing an authentic version of user’s selves. “This is especially true for women, who, according to a new Swedish study, tend to feel less happy and content with their lives after prolonged Facebook usage.” Who hasn’t untagged the ugly photo?
– Users aren’t physically active when on Facebook or other social media…because extended Facebook use results in slothing on the couch.
Stay healthy and happy:
– Resist the urge to check Facebook or Twitter before you roll out of bed in the morning. Instead, use that time for physical exercise (even if it’s just five push-ups or crunches) or to check a few things off of your to-do list (like call the pharmacy or send your rent check).
– Set a limit on how much time you devote to social media, and break it up. For example, if you want to limit yourself to an hour of Facebook time a day, break that up into 10-minute intervals. This might reduce that long state of inactivity.
– Turn off push notifications. If your iPhone is dinging every five seconds to alert you that your friend tagged you in a puppy picture, you are going to get sucked into Facebook all day long. Your time is too valuable for that. Turn those notifications off in your Settings, under Notifications. Go on with your life.
– Don’t snack and socialize. You shouldn’t be sitting at the laptop with a bag of salt and vinegar chips. Why? Because you will eat the whole bag. Don’t make that face. You know that happens. If you HAVE to eat something while you are Facebook stalking, grab a veggie you don’t eat enough of (like raw carrots).
– Get involved with the community, spend time with your family and make weekend plans with friends. Don’t define yourself by your Facebook life, because it reflects such a small part of who you are and what makes your life amazing.