Studies have shown that social media use can lead to depression and Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has some advice for young people who feel pressured to keep up with what they see on social networking sites.
During an interview with Elle South Africa Nyong'o had advice to young girls who may look up to her but struggle with self esteem and confidence in this new age of social media. Here are her two pointers:
Social Media Cleanse
My advice would be to log off social media from time to time. I go through social media cleanses when I'm like' You know what? For the next month, I'm not going to look at anything on social media. I'm going to be present in my presence. I'm going to open my eyes to things around me.' Too much of anything is not good for you, and social media can be an addiction. It can totally distort your sense of self.
"I think it's so important for people to be able to recognise when that is happening and understand that they have the power to change that. Even I'm not immune. Occasionally, I'll have to check myself, too, because I follow fabulous people and sometimes my life isn't as fabulous as I'd like it to be. It's kind of mundane. You know, I'm doing the laundry and what not and then I look at my feed: So-and-so is in Cabo and so-and-so-and-so's eyelashes are on fleek. You go through FOMO (fear of missing out) and you lose a sense of your own light. That's why it's so important to sometimes switch off all of the lights and just focus on yours.