Approximately two billion internet users are using social media platforms. These figures are still expected to grow. We made the social media a compulsion to our lives. However, is it making our lives progressive? Are we using it in the right way? These are the questions that need to be asked to yourself in order to save yourself from disaster.
The young generation is having social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LikedIn, WhatsApp and many more like them at their fingertips on their smartphones. They spend a huge time on them texting to people on their friend list, uploading pictures, sharing whatever they want to. The more they spend time on social media networks the more they become unsocial.
Additionally, they are being more jealous of each others’ posts-likes and fan followings. They keeping themselves away from real life. They are more prone to sadness and depression.
A study by Kasperksy Lab reveals that about one-third of people communicate less with their parents (31%), partners (23%), children (33%) and friends (35%) because they can simply follow them on social media.
There were 16,750 participants in the study who were split evenly between men and women at least 16 years old from 18 countries. Each of whom was surveyed online.
Many participants made it clear that social media made them jealous of others.
Nearly 60% of the participants viewed a friend as having a better life than their own simply by seeing that friend’s social media activity. Furthermore, almost half were upset after viewing photos from a friend’s happy holiday celebration.
Despite all these downsides, Adv. Faiz Syed who has good knowledge of Islam and life and delivers lectures on same. In one of his lectures on media and Islam, he said that social media platforms are not bad. But, how you use them define whether it is bad for you or not.
Let’s make the social media good and beneficial for our lives by using some of below wisely taken steps.
Get rid of bad connections
If you have more bad connections you will get to see bad posts, videos and pictures more often. No matter how hard you try to ignore them but it will come across to you while scrolling down your social media platforms and you will naturally involve in them.
You will have to block/ unfriend them and make good connections. Surround yourself with good people on social media and off-social media it will make you a good person. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
Post good things that help you and others
Social media platforms are the places where 2 billion people are gathered. Imagine, you post a good video or picture and it reaches to them. For businesses, social media marketing has become the priority to grow instantly.
Use that gathering to grow your audience to use it for your businesses if any. Or else you can use it for sending out good messages. For Muslims, social media platforms can play a vital role to let people know about Islam and get them rid of misconceptions about it. Post verses of the Quran and Hadith (teachings of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him]) with the explanation.
Be the influencer on social media networks
Mere having presence on social media networks is not enough. You have to be from those who have large followers. So that when you post anything you get lots of engagements such as likes, shares, comment. This will help you to reach out as many people as possible with your positive, motivational and impactful messages.
It takes time to become one of those influencers. You have to be consistently active on the social media platforms. Engage with people on social media. Share others post if you like. Make an opinion. Have knowledge of what’s going on around the world. It will help you to interact with people intellectually.
Specify the time for social media
To be infuencer, to send good messages and to interact intellectually you do not have to be active 24×7. Yes, there are many who are always online scrolling up and down their social media platforms. But, in real life, they are doing nothing. This habit made them lazy. They just imprison their lives to social media only. Remember, you have an actual life out of social media. Live that life too.
Of course, a huge population is on the social media but it does not define your life. What you do in your actual life defines you. Be on social media but don’t be unsocial in real life.
Specify some particular time for interacting with people on social media, post good videos and pictures on social media. It will make you less prone to sadness and depression.