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Take Back Control of Your Social Media

Social media can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family, share pictures of your pets, and find out about the latest trends. On the other hand, it can be a breeding ground for negativity, drama, and stress. But fear not, my friends! There are ways to take control of your social media experience and be Happy AF.

Here are some tips to help you take control of your social media – and be happy AF more!

Block, unfriend, and unfollow anyone and anything that makes you unhappy.

Let’s face it, some people just bring us down. Maybe it’s that one friend who always posts political rants, or that ex who keeps posting pictures of their new significant other. Whatever it is, if someone or something on social media is making you unhappy, it’s time to take action. Block them, unfriend them, or unfollow them. Or, if you’re not ready to go that far, snooze them for 30 days. Trust us, it’ll make a world of difference.

Interact with the things – and people – you want to see more of.

The algorithms that govern social media are designed to show you more of what you interact with. So, if you want to see more cute puppy videos, start commenting, liking, and sharing them. On the other hand, if you’re tired of seeing posts that make you mad, stop interacting with them. It’s that simple.

Don’t copy and paste things in hopes of seeing your friends.

You know those posts that say something like, “Copy and paste this on your page to see who your true friends are”? Yeah, don’t do that. It doesn’t work, and it’s annoying as heck. If you want to see who your true friends are, just reach out to them directly.

Turn your notifications OFF for all social media platforms (at least on your mobile device).

Notifications can be a major source of stress. Every time your phone buzzes with a new notification, your brain releases a shot of cortisol, the stress hormone. So, turn your notifications OFF. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.

Remove yourself from groups that don’t make you Happy AF.

Groups can be a great way to connect with like-minded people. But if you find yourself in a group that’s causing you stress or making you unhappy, it’s time to leave. You can always join a different group that aligns more with your interests and values.

Share what makes you Happy AF on your own platform.

Sharing what makes you Happy AF can be a great way to spread positivity and connect with others who share your interests. It also encourages the encouragers to comment and give you feedback. So, go ahead and post that picture of your cat doing something adorable. Your followers will thank you.

Give feedback on ads that are irrelevant and make you angry AF.

Let’s face it, ads can be annoying. But if you’re seeing ads that are irrelevant or offensive, don’t just ignore them. Give feedback. Most social media platforms have a way to report ads that are inappropriate or offensive. Your feedback can help improve the ad experience for everyone.

Social media doesn’t have to be a source of stress and negativity in your life. By taking control of your social media experience and focusing on the things that make you Happy AF, you can enjoy all the benefits of social media without any of the downsides. So, go forth and be Happy AF on social media!

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