Fo­cus on con­nect­ing to the peo­ple around you in­stead of star­ing at your phone.

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - COVER STORY -

Self-es­teem

We all have our fair share of in­se­cu­ri­ties, some that we speak about openly and oth­ers that we pre­fer to keep to our­selves.

How­ever, com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers on so­cial me­dia by stalk­ing their aes­thet­i­cally per­fect In­sta­gram pho­tos or stay­ing up to date with their re­la­tion­ship sta­tus on Face­book could do lit­tle to as­suage your feel­ings of self-doubt.

A study con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Copen­hagen found that many peo­ple suf­fer from “Face­book envy”, with those who ab­stained from us­ing the pop­u­lar site re­port­ing that they felt more sat­is­fied with their lives.

“When we de­rive a sense of worth based on how we are do­ing rel­a­tive to oth­ers, we place our hap­pi­ness in a vari­able that is com­pletely be­yond our con­trol,” Dr Tim Bono, au­thor of When Likes Aren’t Enough ex­plained in Health­ista.

Be­com­ing more con­scious of the amount of time you spend scrolling through other peo­ple’s on­line pro­files could help you fo­cus more on your­self and boost your self­con­fi­dence.

Hu­man con­nec­tion

As hu­man be­ings, it’s so im­por­tant for us to be able to com­mu­ni­cate and forge per­sonal con­nec­tions with one an­other.

How­ever, it can be hard to do so when we’re glued to rec­tan­gu­lar screens, be­com­ing more ac­quainted with our friends’ dig­i­tal fa­cades than their real-life per­sonas.

Stina San­ders, a for­mer model who has 107,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, ex­plained how so­cial me­dia some­times makes her feel like she’s be­ing left out.

“I know from my ex­pe­ri­ence I can get FOMO when I see my friend’s pho­tos of a party I didn’t go to, and this, in turn, can make me feel quite lonely and anx­ious,” she told The In­de­pen­dent.

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