On Wednesday March 13th, 2019 Facebook and Instagram went down for a few hours.... and most people were in outrage about the entire thing but as I wrote the above sentence I couldn't help feel it was rather ridiculous.
Something that seems so insignificant to our happiness.. yet plays such an important role in our day to day lives. While this was happening, even thought I felt similar feeling.. I was eager to make a post and share stories I was frustrated by the down time it also highlights how social media plays a role in my day to day life.
Lucky, I am blessed to work in a field focused on self care.
With this time down I was faced with the questions "Is Social Media Good for our Mental Health?" and with zero distractions by endless scrolling I took some time to do some research.
I came across an interesting article from Time that suggest that Instagram is one of the worst platforms for our mental health. It adds to anxiety and increase our FOMO (fear of missing out), the article moves on to how the platform also negatively effects our personal body, low self-esteem, etc. They conducted a survey and one person wrote “Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect’.”
So it's bad.... BUT the platform is also filled with pros. Personally, I have been able to connect with powerful and inspiring men and women across the globe. I have also been able to educate myself on lifestyle changes, I follow people that teach me about diet, health, the zero-waste movement etc. I choose to allow my social media to inspire me rather than infect me.
Crystal Bar has always been based online, 90% of our traffic comes from Instagram alone so we understand social media but Crystal Bar is also about self care. I try to make choices that make me happy, indulged in simple acts of self care and share my experiences with others so we all can learn and grow together.
Social Media can be bad but it can be good. It can be a daily reminder to the life you want and inspires you to work towards it. Like everything in life, moderation is key, indulge as much as you need but don't over do it.
So Social Media isn't going away, even if IG and Facebook crash and never come back I would bet another platform would rise shortly after. So in the spirit of Mercury Retrograde and its lessons, let's reflect on our current relationship with social media.
Ask yourself this:
If social media stopped what would you do with your time?
Is you current relationship with Social Media good or bad for you?
Do the people you follow encourage you to better yourself or make you feel worst?