While it’s no secret that social media has done plenty to help people around the world stay more connected with their friends, family, and job opportunities, it’s not without its downsides. That’s why people around the world have been steadily dropping social media platforms in favor of pursuing things that are a better use of their time.
The problems with social media have been especially compounded since that last election, in which the Internet became flooded with disparate and inflammatory opinions on a wide variety of subjects. With so many different opinions competing for attention, and so much conflicting information invading sites like Facebook and Instagram, it’s no wonder that people are trying to find viable alternatives.
As it happens though, people who have given up on social media have actually found that it has helped them to save money. Aside from the obvious benefits of not wasting away in front of a computer screen when work could be done, there are also many other benefits to ditching social media altogether. When people allow social media to take over their lives, they typically associate their status with that of their co-workers, neighbors, and relatives. If it looks like someone else is happier, then people feel a natural inclination to fill the perceived void in their own life with something.
By dropping social media, people can spend less time wasting their money on unnecessary products and more time thinking about what happiness truly means to themselves. In fact, people have built entire careers out of trying to tell other people what happiness should mean to them online. These so-called social media “influencers” have become a pervasive part of the Internet, and they’re just one of the many factors that are pushing people away.
Of course, completely avoiding social media isn’t an option for many people. After all, social media became popular in the first place because it served a useful purpose in helping people stay connected. As with most things in life, the key lies in moderation. By consciously limiting your time on social media, you can slowly begin the process of redefining what happiness means to you. A popular saying online is that social media just shows you the highlight reels of other people’s lives, and it’s worth keeping that in mind when you start to feel inadequate about your own life. By developing a positive outlook on your own life, and keeping your social media interaction at a healthy level, hopefully you can find that you’ll be able to save money and find happiness as well.
Article Sources: http://www.success.com/blog/how-quitting-instagram-saved-me-money
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