Friday, July 1, 2016

Don't Be Offended... I Just Un-Followed You...

The intent behind social media is, of course, to keep in touch with people, make new friends, build relationships, network, and so on and so forth.  But, what happens when your social media becomes a negative force in your life?  You know that person who's newsfeed is ALL about their workout and how awesome they feel?  Meanwhile you're laying on the couch pinching your bulging food baby? Or how about the gal who's ALWAYS on vacay, while you're clipping coupons for your next grocery outing?  And don't get me started on the political ranters of the group.  Ooooo.... those have to be my least favorite people on social media.  How in the world do we make it STOP?  One of the beautiful things about living a simple and minimal life is that it doesn't stop at de-cluttering stuff.  Minimalism can move into any aspect of our lives... including our social media.  We can choose what we're exposed to.  Yes.  We can.  Does that mean you should un-friend people and potentially offend a bunch of your closest friends and family members?  No, of course not.  But, you can choose to either follow their newsfeed or not.  Facebook is probably the easiest social media platform to do this on and, I'd dare say, the most annoying when it comes to this kind of thing.  Here's an idea... un-follow absolutely everyone of your friends.  Do it just for ONE week.  That way, every time you go on Facebook, your newsfeed will be blank.  You can then CHOOSE who you want to check in on.  Wondering how your bff is doing? Type in her name and check.  At the end of the week, simply begin following ONLY the people you seemed to check in on the most and only those pages that always make you feel good and uplifted.

I guarantee you will feel much better about going through your newsfeed.  I recommend the same for all other social media platforms.  Surround yourself with what makes you feel uplifted and happy... and NOT what brings you down.  

Wishing all of you a fantastic weekend! And if you're in the states, Happy 4th!! Stay safe!