How Is FB Affecting Your Self-Image? Ever get tired of looking at photos of your other people’s perfect and carefully projected Facebook lives? Do you ever walk away from surging FB feeling less empowered and more deflated? Photo credit: dkalo / Foter / CC BY-SA This article highlights a new study that shows a connection between depression and time spent on FB. Most people are not simply using FB as a tool to stay in contact with friends. Instead, they default into comparing their very ordinary lives with the highlight reals of dozens and perhaps hundreds of friends. Sadly, this constant daily measurement takes a toll on the users self-confidence and sense of well being. Here are a few pointers that help you avoid the quicksand that is increasingly associated with social media: Decide what you want to accomplish in social media and then use it for that purpose only (i.e.- keeping up with friends, promoting your services/brand, etc.). Have social media serve you rather than you serving social media by spending less time on it. Derive your concept of self-worth from more trustworthy sources (i.e. what God says about you in the Bible, the true words of trusted friends, etc.). Do five things each day that move you towards the life you want to live (action trumps everything and fuels you with energy to go for the best of what God has for you). Guarding a healthy self-image is central to living life well and everything that is important to you, so remember to filter every message that comes your way through the lens of the value that God places on your life. You are made in His image. He has given you gifts and talents- and the desire to achieve worthwhile outcomes in life! Q: When does social media FUEL you or DRAIN you?!