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How can you make the best use of social media?
People spend an average of 2+ hours a day on social media. Find out how to maximize benefits and reduce the risks.
- A vital means of connection
- Can maintain a sense of community through frequent moves and separations
- Immediate access to important news
- Not as anxiety-provoking as connecting in person, especially for those with social anxiety
- Can increase depression and anxiety for some
- Enables cyber bullying
- Can be a distraction that impacts attention and productivity
- Can pose a threat to OPSEC
Set clear boundaries.
Find tools to help you remain present with important tasks, friends, and family.
Comparing yourself to other can lead to feelings of unhappiness and envy. Compare to feel inspired, not inadequate.
Curate your feed.
Prioritize what positively contributes to your life, and filter out what takes away from it.
Aim for quality.
The quality of interactions matters more than quantity. Give support to get support, and actively engage instead of passively observing.
You might be able to get a sense of others’ mental states through their language use. Pay attention and reach out if you think someone is struggling.
Turn off all devices 2 hours before bed to minimize the impact of blue light on sleep.
Monitor your child.
Discuss warning signs of predatory behavior or bullying that your children should alert you about.
Know the rules.
Families also need to know how to protect their Service Members by not sharing information that can impact operation security and mission success.
Always be respectful.
Your online behavior can negatively impact your military career and put you at risk for disciplinary action. Conduct yourself with the honor and respect deserved by the uniform.
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