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When You Have To Check Facebook
By M. Alouette
Over-using social media wrecks our mental health. Before we read any headlines about new studies, deep down, we all probably knew that already. At least intuitively. Social media can make you feel like a loser that nobody thinks about or invites to anything because they're too busy living their tan, fit, debt-free lives of fun and romance. You're the only one with flab or mountains of credit cards bills. Many people can (and do) go on social media purges because the "perfect" alternate reality is too much to take sometimes. But what if social media is your job and you don't have that luxury? Are you destined to a life of constantly comparing yourself to that girl you sat next to for a semester in Spanish class ten years ago?
If you're a social media manager or editor or occupy any other social media heavy position, you need to stay on top of the positive self-talk. Otherwise, the social media consumption will get to you. You and your kind must scroll through social media feeds like nobody else does. It's how you pay your rent. You can't avoid social media saturation because you don't want to get evicted. Here are examples of things you can tell yourself when you're feeling low after too much Facebook exposure (tweak them as you see fit):
"This has been Photoshopped."
"They fight just like any other couple."
"She's not very nice to people in real life and I don't share the same values as her."
"They took 30 photos before they got this one."
"Nobody's perfect, not even [insert name.]"
"He took that photo from a misleading angle."
"She's not a perfect mom because there's no such thing as a perfect mom."
"He's not a perfect dad because there's no such thing as a perfect dad."
"We can want and do different things and still be happy."
"They're only posting the good stuff, not the frustrating stuff."
"I have my own wonderful friends and family/loved ones."
"It took a team of 20 people to come up with that."
"They're not talking about how much that wedding cost (and it's none of my business)."
"I can't take a vacation right now, but I can have relax this weekend."
"I bet she gets sad sometimes, too."
"I bet he doubts himself from time to time."
"My best friend sends me memes even better than that!"
"I'm so excited to spend time with the people I love later."