Maintaining a Positive Online Persona!

Ahead of a practical spring clean, this week I ruthlessly decluttered & streamlined my social media accounts into sparkly, gleaming positive virtual places. Despite the current trend for taking social media breaks (after publicly announcing you’re about to do so!?!), I actually really enjoy social media – but on my terms. My Twitter and Instagram accounts are now neatly and tidily organised into positive pockets of smile inducing posts, house inspiration, online friends, animal related grids, fellow bloggers & NOTHING REMOTELY NEGATIVE!

As I use social media as positive escapism, I refuse to follow anyone who is unkind or who enjoys online rants or becoming embroiled in online nastiness. As reported on www.bbc.com recently:

“People use social media to vent about everything from customer service to politics, but the downside to this is that our feeds often resemble an endless stream of stress.”

I agree wholeheartedly and therefore choose not to follow anyone who spreads negativity; if others use their social media as an venting outlet it’s completely their choice but my own mental health is fragile enough without inviting extra worries.

On the flipside, I am conscious I might be deliberately constructing an unrealistic online world for myself but I would rather put these steps in place in order to protect my own mental health instead of exposing myself to unnecessary negativity in any of its forms. Investigating further, I found an interesting article on www.positivepsychology.org.uk which states:

So, in the pursuit of positivity I don’t ever want to scroll back through my own posts/accounts and be reminded of a random bad day I had, or how upset I was about something which I’ve now forgotten, or see an image I associate with negative memories, so I try to never put anything online which makes me reflect unhappily.

I posted previously about how comparison can be positive in Go Compare!…for me it genuinely is because the people I am comparing myself to are inspirational for their positive qualities, which makes me happier not to be negative! It may be age-related too, as now I am older I definitely do not court or possess any interest whatsoever in drama or confrontation, whereas as a teenager I was often quite fiesty and righteous!

The “positivity effect” refers to an age-related trend that favours positive over negative stimuli in cognitive processing. Relative to their younger counterparts, older people attend to and remember more positive than negative information.

I definitely do – deliberately. Do you agree social media can be a positive influence? If so, how do you maintain positivity online?

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