A few weeks ago we wrote about the benefits of Screen Free Sundays and the importance of stepping away from your devices every once in a while.

But although too much technology can have a negative impact on our mental and physical wellbeing, if used in the right way, it can actually have numerous benefits for our health.

Here are 5 ways social media can be good for your health as long as it’s used in moderation:

It can inspire you to exercise

Lacking motivation to turn the TV off and step away from the sofa? Get following a bunch of athletes and you’ll be planning your trip to Tokyo 2020 before you know it.

If seeing Olympians on Twitter and fitness models on Instagram inspires you to put on your running shoes and leg it out the front door, social media is definitely a force for good.

It can make it easy to meet new people

Thanks to social media and dating apps, it’s becoming increasingly common for friendships and relationships to start off online. Whether you’re shy around strangers or your hectic schedule makes it difficult to meet new people, social media can make it so much easier to make friends.

And the good news is that making friends is scientifically proven to be good for our health. Not only do strong relationships keep us active and prevent us from becoming socially isolated, they can help to fill us with confidence, positivity and satisfaction.

It can educate you on nutrition

After a long day at work, chances are the first thing you want to do when you get home is put your feet up and tuck into a kebab. But we guarantee that after spending half an hour on Pinterest, that greasy burger from your takeaway suddenly won’t look so appetising.

With the help of Pinterest, you can find delicious and healthy meal ideas within seconds and make your dreams a reality within minutes. You’ll also have access to tons of meal plans and nutritional information, making it easier to select the right things when you go food shopping.



It can raise awareness of health boosting campaigns

When was the last time you had a routine health check or saw your gynaecologist? Although there’s little point in visiting your doctor every few weeks when you feel healthy, our bodies need the occasional health MOT in order to function at their best.

Thankfully, with the help of social media campaigns run by charities and health organisations, people are increasingly being encouraged to get themselves checked out.