Photographer: @Joecudjoe

Photographer: @Joecudjoe

Hello I'm Ori, Nigerian American lifestyle blogger and career consultant encouraging you to live boldly. Be original. 

Use Social Media, Don't Let It Use You

Use Social Media, Don't Let It Use You

With all the updates of social media apps, which gives us more access to people that I follow, it made me wonder if this makes me closer to these people or not. There are many ways to get in contact with people from all over the world which is great for business and networking, and it's a great tool for building your brand. But I have noticed that some people let SM control their lives. 

I watched a video by one of my favorite YouTubers, Patricia Bright,  posted a video giving her subscribers tips on how to edit their pictures in order to get the perfect post and the maximum number of likes. She also said something ground breaking: Instagram is not real. I know the important to stay engaged on SM I just want to encourage people not to let social media take over their lives. Here a few tips:

1. Use your time wisely

The busier I get with school, the less time I have to scroll through different apps for hours. One of the reasons I was always late for class and work last semester was because I would wake up and check social media. One way I keep myself in check is to ask, is this important right now? Is there something more important that I should be doing instead? If so, then I had to train myself to have self-control. 

2. Be careful what you post

As I get ready to step into the real world and join the workforce, I'm aware that I need to be more careful what I post. I see people getting way too emotional online, and posting ridiculous things in the comment sections. There are times when we need to push the envelope and there are times when you need to exert wisdom. Ask yourself, is what you're posting useful to other people? And will you feel comfortable showing it to everyone? Use digression when posting things online. 

Live your life in the real world, use social media to connect with people in real life and promote yourself. But don't become an attention junkie who lives for online fame. There's much more to life than that. 

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