social media: the good, the bad and the ugly
Ok, so this is a little bit of a different post from me. It doesn't really come under any particular category that I already have on my blog; it's not food, it's not a recipe and it's not travel. I guess I could have it under the 'fitness & health' category as I am going to be speaking a little about the impact social media has on us as people and our general health and fitness goals.
Last week I wrote a post about goals and what's stopping YOU from reaching those goals. I did a poll on Instagram to find out the top things that get in the way of reaching goals. I then gave some tips on how to overcome those things. You can read that post here to find out more, if you wish :)
I then followed up this question with a question around social media and whether my audience actually thought social media helps when it comes to motivation and does it actually help when we have specific health and fitness goals?!
The poll came up with some pretty interesting answers; some good and some bad. Social media plays such a huge part in everyones everyday lives these days so, what's a help and what's a hinderance?
On the poll itself people voted-
74% for social media is helpful
26% for social media isn't helpful
Within the answers I got to the specific social media question, these were the most popular and most interesting answers:
'Lots of information and inspiration'
This was quite a popular answer to my question. Lots of people find social media inspirational and motivational when on their own journeys. There are lots of qualified health professionals now using social media as a way to bring evidence-based content and advice to their audiences and that's great! Social media is definitely full of a lot of unqualified and often very bad advice so having these professionals giving out this qualified advice is something the world of social media definitely does need. More and more people qualified in different fields and also 'experts' in different areas of the same field need to be given a voice and social media is certainly one pretty big way to do this.
'Accessible, quick and easy motivation'
Still sticking within the theme of motivation, social media is certainly a quick and easy place to find information. In this day and age with pretty much everyone owning smart phones or tablets and having social media one click away, it's certainly a very easy way to motivate yourself. Social media radiates positivity (for the most part) and this can really make people feel good and motivate them.
'Videos are great for form and technique'
We are talking more fitness related with this answer but videos now play a huge part in our social media lives. Stories, YouTube, Instagram TV and simply the videos on peoples feeds. They are a game changer when it comes to social media and they are only becoming more and more popular by the day! Videos are amazing at showing good form and technique for exercise and it can be really informational for people. Videos can also be used in a great way for other fields. Information can be digested so much better via video, rather than a long post or caption.
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