Who are the people in the media

Use social media with confidence

1. Don't trust the glittering world

Nowhere is there so little authenticity as in social media. All digital are beautiful: Filters, Photoshop and elaborate makeup change everyone into supposed ideals of beauty. Staged scenes make the internet user believe that others lead a perfect life and that they spend their free time on the beaches of the South Seas. Of course, the everyday life of these people looks different, the stressful, frustrating and painful moments are just not posted. Always remember when browsing:What you are looking at is largely associated with a lot of work in the background, fake or just a single excerpt from an otherwise completely ordinary life.

2. Put the focus on real life

Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat & Co. offer the opportunity to exchange ideas - this has become even more important in times of the corona pandemic. However, social networks can never replace real human contact. Hugs and touches, looks, laughing together, all of this strengthens the psyche. As social beings, people are dependent on contact. This is also possible during the corona pandemic if the applicable hygiene and distance rules are observed. But you can also make phone calls or Skype for example with loved ones. The key is:Always pay more attention to your real life than your virtual one.

3. Don't surf in a bad mood

Most studies on the topic of "social media depression" show that depressed mood and dejection are exacerbated by the use of social media. Do you already feel sad, lonely or just in a bad mood? Then consciously take a break from social media until you feel better again. Do something alternative that releases happiness hormones, such as exercise or a walk in the sun.

4. Set time limits

According to a JIM study from 2018 (youth, information, media), young people say they spend almost three and a half hours on the Internet every day. With them and the adults, the daily usage time increases steadily. The corona pandemic has now significantly increased this tendency. A Bitkom survey has shown: 75 percent of Internet users are increasingly active in social media during the pandemic. How much internet is good for you each day and how much it affects your well-being is very individual. Think carefully about the times of the day and in which situations you can do without your mobile phone. If the digital detox is difficult for you, install an app that sets a daily time limit.

5. Find authentic role models

Do you follow super-slim, flawless fitness or food influencers who constantly count calories and go through their sports program every day in a dazzling mood? Such role models can negatively affect mood and satisfaction. Meanwhile there are also counter-trends to the body cult on the net. Many influencers deal with self-worth, individuality and authenticity. They show themselves without make-up, in unperturbed situations and call for more naturalness. More and more people with alleged flaws or illnesses also dare to go public: They tell, for example, how they overcame their depression or how they got eating disorders under control and thus encourage other sufferers. Listen to yourself: which people are good for you, which are better not to follow?

6. Banish the smartphone from the bedroom

Do not take your cell phone to bed with you: The evening should be a period of calm in which the experiences of the day can be processed. New stimuli and information are out of place just before bed. Instead, create a new ritual: for example, read a few more pages every evening or do a meditation. Also, give yourself some rest in the morning before checking your social media feeds.

7. Protect yourself from cyberbullying

Those who do not take security precautions can be confronted with hurtful comments and cyberbullying on the Internet. In the virtual world, unfortunately, some people tend to let go of their inhibitions. Under the protection of anonymity, they hand out particularly hard. You should therefore set the security settings of the respective social network so that your profile and your posts are only visible to people from your friends list. Configure your profile so that you cannot receive messages from strangers. In addition, only add people who you really know and, if in doubt, do some research before adding someone as a friend.