It can be hard to believe that social media can affect our lives so much. If you look at the device through which you observe and engage on social media, it’s just a little screen (or a big one, for you desktop users). But peeking at that device can change your entire day—or week or month. Once you friend, follow, or like the page of someone, you’re welcoming their opinions, stories, and emotions into your life. You are trusting them to post things that won’t ruin your mood, upset you, or anger you. When you think about it that way, how many of those people have broken your trust? Of course, it’s not entirely their fault. Some individuals are gluttons for punishment, and perhaps you’re one of them—adding people you know will ignite certain negative feelings in you, but you do it anyways. This is a good time of year to assess what sorts of ideas and energy you let into your life. Cleanse these people from your social media in the New Year.
The political panicker
The doomsday promoter who writes out their terrible, frightening prediction of all the ways the world is going to end now that this bill has passed or that Congress has voted on that. You need to follow political commentators who are calm, collected, and balanced.