Social media has become such an integral part of our lives.
For most people, it’s the first thing they look at in the morning and the last thing they see at night.
I remember feeling so much anxiety throughout the day when I left my phone at home by accident.
I felt disconnected, like I was missing out on what everybody is up to. That’s when I realized that this was becoming an issue.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying social media is bad. Not at all.
It’s one of the main tools that I use to run my business and keep in touch with people.
But if you’re not aware, it could be affecting you negatively without you knowing it.
Here are little-known ways social media lowers your confidence.
Reason #1 – It Creates Unrealistic Expectations
Have you ever scrolled though your social media, see people you admire and felt jealous?
They’re somewhere exotic, have ripped bodies, and are surrounded by beautiful girls.
I have and it made me feel inadequate. I couldn’t help but compare myself to them.
What I didn’t realize was all the images they post are carefully curated and taken multiple times just to get it to look right.
For the most part it’s not even real.
How many times have you posed beside an expensive car?
How many times have you taken a picture with beautiful girls you don’t even know?
How many times have you flexed before a selfie with good lighting?
That’s why you can’t take anything you see at face value.
People who are actually killing it in real life don’t have time to post about how much they’re killing it on social media.
Your goal is to be successful, not to look successful.
Reason #2 – It Robs You Of Your Ability To Be Present
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s wasting my time.
That’s why I get really annoyed when I’m hanging out with people who are constantly on their phone.
If you want to improve the quality of your relationships, put your phone face down the next time you’re spending time with someone.
Look the person you’re with in the eye and appreciate what’s happening around you. Your fear of missing out online is causing you to actually miss out in real life.
Another thing that I suggest is to go to your settings and turn off your notifications.
Allocate time during the day to catch up with everyone on social media and then go live your life.
Reason #3 – It Creates Analysis Paralysis
It’s sad but it’s true.
The reason why it took me forever to improve my social confidence is because I consumed way more information than taking action.
I’d sit at home scrolling through my newsfeed and clicking on different things.
Next thing I realized, I was watching hours and hours of in-field videos on YouTube. I’d be reading articles feeling like I was getting things done.
But when it’s time to actually implement what I learned, I was paralyzed. So many things are going on in my head and I didn’t know which one to implement first.
I took comfort in being a consumer. I was busy but definitely not productive.
If you want to prevent this from happening to you, make it a point to only take in information for what you need at that moment.
Implement what you learned first before moving on to the the next thing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this as much as I’ve enjoyed writing this for you.
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