How to use social media to make your social life better
Social media sites — as they’re currently designed — are made to do one thing and one thing only: They’re designed to keep you attached to social media. It’s designed to keep you looking at your screen — for one more meme, one more video, and, especially for one more advertisement — while the rest of the world passes you by.
At least two studies have shown that this excessive and obsessive use of social media can have negative mental health consequences, reported Forbes Magazine. One study — conducted by the University of Pennsylvania— found that study participants who cut down on their social media usage, “felt significantly better after the three-week period, reporting reduced depression and loneliness, especially those who came into the study with higher levels of depression.” They added that FOMO — fear of missing out — was a major factor in the user’s social media-caused dissatisfaction.
Study participants who cut down on their social media usage, “felt significantly better after the three-week period, reporting reduced depression and loneliness, especially those who came into the study with higher levels of depression.”
Another study conducted by Canada’s York University researchers found that social media can lead to poor self-image for young women.
Love Of Finding Out
PeepX changes FOMO to LOFO — Love of Finding Out. The app is much more aligned with the researchers suggested would be better ways to spend time on social media — use it to find people, places, and events that will help you maximize and enhance your real life. PeepX has redesigned the old social media platform to untether you from being a meme-watching machine for Facebook profits.
It’s designed to keep you in the here and now in a couple ways. Here are a few way properly designed social media can help make your social life better.
Use It To Connect
When most social media sites say they help you connect, they mean they help you connect to people through their online platform. They don’t really care if you actually meet and get to know that person in real life. What social media should do is connect you to the opportunity to meet and talk to people around you — right here, right now. By scanning profiles in PeepX, for example, you can find people with similar interests that are around you at that moment.
Use It To Prioritize
Hey, not everyone is going to be your love connection, am I right? Not every musician is your thing, either. While you may feel obligated to friend your cousin’s boyfriend’s sister on Facebook — even though you have absolutely nothing in common — PeepX members are focused on meeting people that they are in synch with, people they can reach out to right now. And, while you may feel obligated to pledge your support for every Facebook event invitation to every show your work colleague’s garage band is playing, PeepX won’t ask you to do that.
Use It To Coordinate
One thing that current social media sites do poorly is help you coordinate your life. They clutter your life with meaningless posts and advertisement. PeepX helps you coordinate and maximize those important connections you are making so you can use your time wisely doing the things you want to and be with the people you want to be with.
Use It To Explore
Rather than bogging you down in content, smartly designed social media can help you find that there are lots of things going on right where you’re at, right now. The PeepX platform, for instance, is designed to help you spot events that are happening near you. But, it’s more than just events. You can also find out where people who are interested in the same things that you are might be at the moment.
You can learn more about PeepX here.