Manage Your Social Media Life Without Being a Jerk

Our 4 go-to rules to mastering your online self.
Published April 18, 2017

We all love social media. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s going on in the lives of our friends, and it gives us an outlet to share. But just because we can share, it doesn’t mean we should take advantage of this power. Here’s a few ways to manage your social media life without coming across as arrogant or judgmental.

Be Proud, But Don’t Brag

Having accomplishments and achieving goals is incredible and whenever you do hit a personal milestone, you should always be proud. But when you post an accomplishment on social media, make sure not to brag. Use your image or your status update to inspire others instead of stating how great you are. Sure, you are great, but you don’t need to remind people all the time on social channels. Consider your words and photos as inspiration for others, and you’ll be just fine.

Limit Your Posting

Even if you accomplish 100 amazing things today, you probably shouldn’t post 100 times. Now, of course this is hyperbole, but when it comes to social media, consider the fact that people are checking in on all their friends, not just you. So instead of flooding their feeds with all your great accomplishments, spread the news out over the course of a few days and weeks. Don’t worry; people won’t run out of praise for when you crush those goals.

Be There For Others

One of the great things about social media is the ability to connect with people. Whether that’s in an open forum or privately, direct communication is a big responsibility. As a tight-knit community of people who have chosen to live healthier, consider being there for others over social media. It could be as simple as sending an encouraging emoji, or as much as mentoring someone, just make sure to be there for others. We’re all friends here.

Give It A Break

The last tip isn’t so much social media advice as it is advice in general. It’s tough to argue that we’ve become somewhat dependent on our phones, but here’s a challenge; how about you go a day without posting or checking social media? Hey, you might not hate it, and you’d be surprised at how freeing it can be to not worry about how people are going to respond to your latest post. Also, think about all of the time you’ll get back and what activities you could spend it on. You can try new things like healthy meal prep, experiment with some new healthy recipes, or take up an activity like yoga.

Using social media comes with great power, just make sure you’re using it to the best of your ability and help others in the community when you can. Here’s to healthy choices.