Social media

Scrolling through reality

Social media has the amazing ability to connect you to the rest of the world right at your fingertips. But often, how much of what we see online is actually reality? Here are our tips on having a healthy balance between online and reality.

In many ways, social media is incredible. It allows us to connect with friends, family and even strangers across the world at the click of a button, opening communication, forums and more. It can also be a fountain of misinformation. In the last decade, social media has shifted from a forum for friends, into an intelligent advertising platform from a number of different business types. 

So while social media can be a lot of fun, it also means that we need to take care when scrolling through our phones to realise what reality is and stop it from having a negative effect on our wellbeing, both physically or mentally. 

Don't let the perfect Insta feed, another type of avocado on toast or unbelievable makeup tutorials convince you that someone's curated world is the same as your reality. 

  • Remember that if it's too good to be true, it probably is. Not everything online is reality. 
  • Don't compare yourself to others. Their feed is what they want the world to see about their life, not their entire life. 
  • Take time to enjoy the real world and real experiences, away from the screen of social media. 

  • Keep your account real, be you, not somebody else. 
  • Take time to enjoy the real world and real experiences, away from the screen of social media. 
  • Be aware of you and your wellbeing. If something online is effecting you negatively then ask for help. 
  • Cite your source. Do your own research before believing everything you see on your newsfeed. 
  • In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
  • If an account online is sharing content that makes you feel bad, or negative about your health then unfollow them.  

If you ever find that your wellbeing is effected during your time at University, reach out and ask for help. 

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