Since the gigantic rise in use of social media, self validation through the source of “likes” has become a massive issue, to the point where some people are slowly detaching themselves from the real world.

Social media is so powerful, it opens up a fantastic amount of opportunities for everyone, however, it does have some serious downfalls.

If you’re constantly on social media, posting and looking for the “likes”, or panicking if you don’t reach a certain level of “likes”, then you need to re-evaluate your life.

One of the main reasons people are looking for these “likes”, is because they are severely lacking in self love.

Imagine not having social media, there would be no one to impress and no one to tell you how amazing you are. So what do you do? Well, the issue here is that previously, you have been relying on others through a screen to make you happy and boost your ego for half an hour. So without that, try and do it for yourself.

Self love is so important, you do not need to feel it through “likes” generated through an electronic screen by people you have never met.

If you feel that you’re addicted to social media and the “likes”, see if the advice below will help.

  1. Stay off the internet for two hours before you go to bed. “TWO WHOLE HOURS?!” I hear you say? Well, I can guarantee you that nothing is going to happen in those two hours that is so important that you NEED to be scrolling through your timeline. Read a book, or listen to audiobooks/podcasts. Not only are you getting out of the social media hole, but you’re also learning new things too.
  2. Take a walk every now and again, and don’t take your phone. You’ll feel this incredible sense of freedom just being alone with the fresh air. Honestly, people underestimate the power of fresh air, it will do you wonders.
  3. Delete your social media for a week at a time. Obviously, you will want to see what your friends are up to so I wouldn’t suggest deleting it permanently. But, if your friends are actually your friends, they will have your phone number and will be able to text you. You’ll find that you will have so much more free time!

You will not start to love yourself until you stop relying on others to boost your ego through “likes”. If you use the above points by taking time out for yourself and actually learning about yourself, soon you will begin to find out who you are, enjoy your own company and learn to love yourself. The importance of the “likes” will soon be just a faded memory.