Cleaning Up Your Social Media Accounts
Spring Cleaning TipsTake some time to scroll through your accounts. If you've struggled with drinking or have been known to use in the past, you want to make sure to take down those pictures. This is not to say you should be ashamed of past choices, but others may take posts of drinking, posts where you're clearly intoxicated, to mean this is who you are. Don't let those old images define who you are today. You also want to be cognizant of what you retweet or repost. If there are vulgar words, posts that are offensive or marginalize, those need to go, especially the latter. We watch people on a daily basis get called out for marginalizing tweets, racists repostings, and far worse. The same can happen to you. All an employer or school needs to do is Google your name. More importantly, if you are someone that enjoys this type of humor, it may be time to dig deeper and ask why. Your humor is a reflection of how you view yourself. The last point stems from tone. It's very difficult to read someone's tone through their written words, especially if you don't know them well. If something can be taken the wrong way, or if there is an inside joke that is seemingly offensive, it might be time to remove those posts as well. Many say the world is becoming too sensitive, but if someone else is the butt of a joke or comment, you may want to rethink that mindset based on compassion and kindness.
These suggestions may feel like an invasion of freedom, and if that rings true, it may be time to answer the following questions:-What is my intention behind posting this picture, article, or tweet? -Am I posting this for attention or validation? If so, what am I lacking in my life? -Do I need to be on social media? If so, why? These questions aren't to suggest that social media is wrong or that you shouldn't be using these apps. These questions get to the root of your actions. They reveal the intention behind your usage which could illuminate a larger issue within your heart and mind. If you are uncomfortable with the answers, it may be time to dig deeper.
The Bottom Line with Social MediaWhen you work for a company or attend college, you represent their mission. Most businesses, big or small, don't want an employee partying on Facebook or posting racy content on Twitter. And colleges definitely don't want scandal based on illegal substances and or racially charged content. You become a reflection of their values, and if they don't align, you probably won't be working there long and or you could quickly lose a scholarship. If you're still not convinced, consider this. Say you want to be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher, and think back to the judgments you make while scrolling. Do you want your kid being taught by a party monster? Do you want your surgeon drinking every night? Do you want your lawyer making racist jokes? We all make mistakes growing up, and there is no shame in that. But it's time to step up into the best version of yourself and help this world grow.
If you've been questioning your behaviors and want to take the first step in turning your life around, call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at (662) 478-9463 to learn about treatment options. The staff at Stonewater are ready to help you do some spring cleaning when it comes to behaviors and addictions, and get you back on track physically, emotionally, and spiritually.