We have all used the beloved unfollow button at some point in our lives, and don’t lie to me and tell me you haven’t. There is a reason why the unfriend button is there on every single social media platform.
Personally I utilise the unfollow button on almost every social media platform I own. I am always clearing out my online friend lists. Just like in offline life, we don’t hang around or be-friend people who are bad people, so I am a firm believer in not inviting them into my online space either. If I wouldn’t be friends with them in life then I won’t be friends with them online. We really need to normalise removing people from our social media platforms. So many people get upset and offended if they find out that you unfollow them. But alot of the time it’s just because of the content they post. If I don’t like it, I’ll unfollow you. It doesn’t mean anything other than that.
Today I’ll be sharing some reasons as to why the unfollow button should be used more and how it can help filter out that bad stuff!
DO IT FOR YOUR OWN SANITY
Firstly and I think most importantly, unfollow them for your own sanity. Sometimes you can get into a trap in your mind and compare yourself to the people you follow online, which can be so detrimental to your mental health. I went through a phase where I followed alot of fashion/clothing accounts. It made me think I needed new clothes and really made me feel insecure. I started having clothing deliveries almost every day because I thought I needed to keep up with how fast fashion is.
Over the last year I have removed so many people from my online space and I feel so much better for it. One of the best forms of self-care is clearing people and things in your life that are no good for you and if that involves removing people from your social media then do it. You’ll probably find that it helps you get a better state of mind from doing it. It’s like having a de-clutter.
IT’S YOUR POWER
Remember you hold the power of who you allow into your online and offline lives. You are in control of that. It’s up to you who you are friends with online and its also up to you if you don’t want to be friends with them anymore. Ultimately the choice is yours. Don’t let people make you feel bad for making those decisions. You have the power of what you allow your mind to consume, and if you feel as though following certain people or brands/influencers aren’t good for you then you have the power to remove it.
I think personally people take it too seriously when they find out that you unfollowed or unfriended them.They think it means that you no longer want to be friends with them or that you don’t like them. And from personal experience that is not the case. Being friends with someone in person is far more important than being friends with them online too.
SOME PEOPLE DESERVE IT
In some circumstances people deserve to be unfollowed, especially if they aren’t nice people or have shown negativity towards you. They don’t deserve to be in your space if they aren’t nice people. If anything, do it for you.
How often do you utilise the unfollow button? Why do you tend to use it?
As a private person I keep my personal instagram account private and only allow people into it if I know them. And I prefer it that way. unfollowing people gives me a sense of control and sometimes it’s needed especially when social media is a big part of our lives.