On some late nights, I can get easily sucked down a Facebook black hole. Two hours later, I'll resurface feeling disoriented, unsettled, and not much happier. To my relief, I've learned I'm not alone. After speaking with clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Friedman, who was full of reassuring gems about the role self-compassion plays in affecting weight loss, we discussed the unfortunate impact social media has on happiness.When you're bored or tired, it's natural to look for some stimulation, but Dr. Friedman explains that social media sites are "specifically designed to have people put their best foot forward." We don't see our friends' struggles or battles. Instead, we see the things we'd want to share: their smiles, exotic vacations, and wild nights out on the town with friends. While the photos are seemingly happy, fun, and harmless, they can lead individuals to some dark places. The reason? "There's too much social comparison."
Comparing your life to the facade on your friends' pages can leave you feeling disconnected, inferior, and even exhausted. Dr. Friedman's mantra rings true (on and off social media): "Don't judge your insides by other people's outsides." With all this said, many people have found weight-loss success and healthy communities with the help of social media. If you approach these sites with the right mind-set, these tools can work to your advantage. Keep learning for three tips to make your online habits healthier and happier.