|Keeping Your Resolutions with Social Media
By: Jessica Cherok
It’s that time of year again, when everyone is still diligently (hopefully) sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. It’s hard to maintain this commitment even through February, let alone the whole year. Thankfully, social media is to the rescue.
If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolution was related to health and fitness. With all the interconnected gadgets available, 2016 is the year of social fitness. Link up your Fitbit with your devices, share your progress on Facebook, tweet your new running route, and socialize with like-minded dieters.
But is all of this socializing and sharing really helping you stay committed?
When it comes to certain goals, the answer is yes. People are more likely to stick to their more difficult goals when there’s a sense of accountability to others. If no one in your real-life friend circle is up for training for a 5K, turn to social media to find your support group! You’ll be less likely to eat that donut if you know your dieting peers can see your intake.
And if all else fails, you can turn to social media to commiserate with people who just couldn’t hack it with their New Year’s resolutions.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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