|social media tends to promote comparisons, that may cause a person to develop acute stress and anxiety/ Photo By Panithan Fakseemuang via 123RF|
The term social media fatigue was coined after Gartner surveyed in 2011 the earliest users of social media who revealed that they have experienced fatigue while using social media and that they have reduced the time spent on those sites. This decrease of the time they spend online may cause other users who are still actively engaged with their social media accounts to also leave the site because they are left with lesser people to communicate and interact with online.
Since social media tends to promote comparisons, this may cause a person to develop acute stress and anxiety. A person who is experiencing social media fatigue may try to make themselves look busy by passively scrolling through their social media accounts. They may also feel a sense of dread when thinking about posting anything online.
What is Social Media Fatigue?
Social media fatigue is defined by Techopedia as “social media users’ tendency to pull back from social media when they become overwhelmed with too many social media sites, too many friends and followers and too much time spent online maintaining these connections.”
This may be related to boredom or being worried about one’s privacy online. This is also known as social networking fatigue and social media.
According to Social Media Today, a person may have Social Media Fatigue if they exhibit these symptoms:
In the event that they have to post more social media content, they tend to do other activities to keep them from logging into their social media accounts.
2. Being unable to concentrate
They may be distracted by other things on the internet before posting such as entertaining cat videos or personality quizzes.
3. Temporary amnesia
The person may have thought about something great to post but could not recall what they actually wanted to post. Maybe they may have links about what they wanted to post about but may have completely forgotten the idea.
They may have previously enjoyed taking part in online community activities, but now feel irritated by how people keep talking about the same things and want them to find other more exciting things to share or post.
The thought of receiving numerous PMs, being mentioned in several tweets, having many comments on their posts and getting other social media notifications used to make them feel happy. Now they would try to avoid replying to online messages or checking their social media notifications.
|Social media users are told that it is okay to stop using social media and disappear when they feel that it does not suit their lifestyle anymore/ Photo By rawpixel via 123RF|
Steps to Stop Social Media Fatigue
To prevent oneself from being overwhelmed from social media use any further, Medium recommends that a social media user try these steps to deal with social media fatigue:
Taking a break
Social media users are told that it is okay to stop using social media and disappear when they feel that it does not suit their lifestyle anymore. They may even choose to stop using it altogether if it limits their personal space and growth. They should also remember that people who want to truly keep in touch with them will find many ways to contact them, no matter how inconvenient.
Choose which sites to focus on
They may decide to concentrate on using fewer social media sites to save their time and energy. They opt to use only two sites to focus on and maximize the usage of these social media channels to help them find connections that will be advantageous to them. Choosing to use a minimum of two channels may help ease the online pressure and may lessen dreadfulness as well as keep them from being overwhelmed.
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Remember that less is more
It is advised that they post a minimum of three to four posts daily on their social media accounts. They are reminded that it is the quality of the post that is important, not its quantity. As they post, they have to think about the content of the post, its purpose and how it will benefit them and the online audience.
It is also more beneficial to have lesser number of online friends than to have thousands of them. This would help make their feed more enjoyable to view, and reduce the possibility of theirs and others’ post from causing envy, depression, and competitiveness.
Rather than competing with other social media users’ posts, they should focus more on posting original and creative content. They should try as much as possible, to express themselves authentically online. Their social media accounts should also mirror their true personality.
They should also note that not everything their online friends' posts may reflect who they are, but may just be a portion of themselves that they want to show the world.
General Reminders in Using Social Media
They should remember to maintain their authenticity and not lose sight of their identity. Losing their identity may lead them to having anxiety. Learning to accept themselves will help them to become mentally healthy. It may cause them to be more positive and realistic.
Social media may also be a channel that helps them cope with their mental health issues by being a means to connect to other people who may give them advice about their mental conditions. They should remember that every time they do something, they also take time to think how this will affect their emotional health and helps them develop themselves personally.