taken the wrong way if you haven’t thought about someone else’s perspective.
8. They Help You To Be Upfront
Unfortunately, social media often encourages people not to be forthright. For example, they might not mention their partners online because they want to be seen as available. If you’re in a relationship, that could damage your partner’s trust in you unless you’ve come to an agreement about doing that.
9. They Help You Focus On In-Person Relationships
While you can develop great relationships on social media, studies show that spending too much time online can affect how well you build in-person ones. Since it’s well-known that social bonds are important to mental health, social boundaries will help you ensure that you pay more attention to building those friendships.
10. They Help You Manage Overlapping Friendships
If you and your partner are open on social media, you might end up having some friends in common. It can be tempting to reach out to those friends when something isn’t going well in your relationship but the boundaries encourage something else. It’s better to sort things out in person and resist the urge to hash them out online.
How To Implement Boundaries
As with most safeguards, it might take you a little time to get used to what’s necessary. You should first give yourself permission to limit your use of social media because it’s best for your mental health. It’s also a good idea to assess how often you use online platforms and how it affects you or your relationships. Any signs of negativity clearly indicate that you need to implement some boundaries.
While social media has certain benefits, it’s easy to slip into dangerous territory. If you’re having trouble drawing the line, then start slowly and get some help from close friends or loved ones. Your mental health will always be more important than any aspect of social media.