Think before you post
Your best bet to approaching social media in a healthy manner is simply to stop and think before you post anything. Prospective college students are especially cautioned about this, but it applies to everyone with an internet presence. Professionally, posting inappropriate photos of yourself or writing a rant filled with foul language makes you look emotionally unstable and can hurt your relationship with your current or potential employer, among other people in your life.
On a more personal level, poor social media etiquette can ruin friendships and other close relationships. People often forget that although they do not see people face-to-face when they’re online, their actions still have a very real effect on others, and the consequences can hurt themselves, too. Know where the line is between venting and whining, expressing an opinion and ranting, sharing achievements and bragging, and, most importantly, know when it’s time to take a break from social media. Your mental health is far more important than a status update.