About 79% of Americans view social media as a great hub for staying in touch with others and global events. Obviously, it’s free and seems to contain a lot of the info we need on a daily basis. But in some cases, toxic sites (or people) can start to drain us of our energy both physically and emotionally. Here are some social media account types that may cause more harm than good.
Extreme Weight Loss
The internet can be a great place to find information on various diets and exercise regimens. It can be beneficial for those looking to put a solid weight loss plan together. But for those who consistently struggle with their body image, accounts that promote unhealthy eating or extreme exercise can affect the psyche and possibly even contribute to eating disorders. Don’t feel motivated by someone you’ve been following on Instagram or Twitter? It’s time to unsub.
Many people have celebrity crushes or TV stars they adore and follow on social media. It can be fun to follow their lifestyles, but following celebs can turn toxic when they display bad behaviors or set unrealistic expectations for fans. Some of us aren’t affected by the fast-paced party and socialite lifestyle, but if it triggers stress or feelings of inadequacy, it may be time to step back and unfollow.
Around every corner on social media is an advertisement or spam account about becoming a millionaire overnight, or at least by the end of the month. Recruit X number of people, attend a meeting and invest by tapping into that life savings. Many people fall for it and end up getting scammed out of their hard-earned dollars. If an account spams you with a toxic get-rich-quick scheme, turn them off and get back to that day job — riches don’t usually come quickly unless you stand to inherit.
Sick Animals and Children
There’s nothing wrong with giving to a reputable charity to help disadvantaged children and animals who are suffering. In fact, it can be helpful to set aside a specific amount every month, or at least once a year. But joining a social site that consistently runs sad stories depicting violence against animals and children can drain you and bring about feelings of extreme sadness, despair and depression. Keep a favorite charity in mind, but avoid the constant reminder on social media outlets.
The political war continues to rage. There will always be opposite sides, and everyone is going to have their own opinions. To debate is great, but when it takes away time from real life or breeds anger and hatred, it’s time to step away. Disconnect from toxic social sites that trigger anger, resentment, or worse, hatred. Instead, focus on something that brings you joy.
Many toxic social media sites can trigger jealousy, hate, fear, resentment and disappointment. Find calm and happiness away from social media when it becomes toxic, and stick to sites that leave you feeling energized and inspired. Or better yet, relax and engage with what’s in front of you, instead.