Nearly all of us are experiencing an increase in stress and anxiety these days. At the same time, we’re also increasing the amount of information we’re receiving and sharing. The reality is we’re deep within an age of oversharing. At times it can seem that almost nothing is too trivial to be shared on some sort of social media platform. But is all this sharing really increasing our quality of living? Or are we really living our lives, or perhaps even someone else’s, through our tiny screens?
It’s definitely a question worth asking when you consider that on average most of us spend 2.8 hours a day on our mobile phones. Which adds up to a whopping 42.5 days a year!
We need to start becoming finer curators of our experiences. Of what we let into our consciousness and what we contribute to the world. Don’t get me wrong, sharing is a truly awesome thing. In fact, one of the most valuable things we can do is connect to other people. And I love Instagram as much as the next person. However, the trick is to gently question what the connections we’re making are all about. And whether what we’re sharing is of any value?
For example did your Instagram followers really need to see the second smoothie you made today? This time a green one artfully sprinkled with goji berries? Perhaps your energy might have been better spent mindfully sipping your smoothie rather than arranging those goji berries?
If any of this is ringing true for you, perhaps consider doing a little social media audit. Simply ask yourself two questions. What am I absorbing? And what am I contributing? The answers will help you in editing your social media interactions and ensure you consume and contribute only information and experiences of the highest grade.