As the year closes, the ambitious among us will be hunched over their New Years resolutions, creating goals to tackle in the new year. Many of those goals will be wellness based. Perhaps losing weight? Exercising more? Eating healthier?
Well, here’s the very best thing you can do for your wellness in 2020:
I want you to sit back, crack your knuckles, and work the fuck out of that “unfollow finger”.
First, Some Context
According to Statista, there are an estimated 2.82 BILLION social media users in the world in 2019. That’s a lot of scrolling!
But that’s not the scary news. The scary news is that social media is probably having a massively bad impact on your mental health. And worse, the people you might be looking to for inspiration while you scroll might be totally full of shit.
A study from the University of Gasgow found that a large portion of wellness bloggers were giving out just awful advice, citing it as healthy. And you can see this all over the place. Tons of health bloggers making bullshit claims, peddling “detox” products (that will likely do little more than make you a slave to your toilet), and flaunting their eating disorders with the “pretty” filter and Facetune.
I say we give the dumpster fire wellness industry the Boogeyman treatment- quit looking at it in the hopes that it’ll go away.
That’s not to say all wellness is awful
Healthy shit is important and so is your wellness. The problem is that a lot of health influencers and wellness info “sources” just don’t pass the “bullshit litmus test”.
The “bullshit litmus test” is simply asking yourself three questions before you give that bitch a follow:
Is this information
- Full of Shit?
- Making people feel shitty about themselves?
Now, although this seems pretty straightforward it actually isn’t.
Most of what we see on social media is designed to be somewhat misleading or to invoke emotion.
So when we’re feeling kind of down about our bodies, and we see some beautiful girl living a beautiful life, it invokes the urge to do the things she suggests in hopes of adopting an equally beautiful result for ourselves.
Even if this means terrible detoxes, lengthy fasts and a frightfully restrictive list of food rules.
When it comes the the third criteria for the bullshit litmus test, the waters are a bit more muddy. Truth be told, no one can control how they are perceived by other people. So if following some health blogger makes you feel shitty about yourself, then that might just be your own issue.
That being said, there are some clear examples of fuckery when it comes to criteria three.
More than ever people are craving realness on social media, and many folks are hopping on this trend by curating an #omgsoreal persona, and presenting it in an equally filtered and unattainable standard.
There are even some that seem to give amazing value in captions, preaching a great message, and yet still manage to ping the bullshit detector by the way it’s all presented. This can make people feel empowered at first, but the positive influence can fade and leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Ultimately, the important takeaway is not to believe everything you see on social media. We all show a more presentable version of ourselves, but to a varying degree. If something seems to good to be true, or is advising restrictive things, or simply doesn’t make sense, then think critically about what you’re seeing and whether it is bringing real value into your life.
Most of the online wellness industry could use a real boot up the ass, and doesn’t deserve to be a negative influence in our lives anymore.
Just as they can curate their feed to invoke emotion, you too can curate your sphere to be full of things that bring joy, high esteem, and provoke thought and true inspiration.
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