Social media has been the source of jealousy, mockery and a space where bullies can hide behind keyboards and flourish

Slowly the social media culture is changing making room for more positive influences and constructive interactions.

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Social media influencer, Keabetswe Jan, has partnered with Metropolitan to contribute to this social media revolution to encourage mental strength – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – and all its anxieties through the three words initiative.

Watch Keabetswe in conversation with TV personality and medical doctor, Dr Musa Mthombeni, sharing 3 steps to mental health.

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Remember: You control your timeline

Although the current social media trend is to affirm, encourage and assist, we all still have negative interactions. Keabetswe says the first thing everyone should understand when it comes to limiting the negative impact of social media is that you are in control of your timeline and who shows up on it.

“Knowing why you’re on social media in the first place. When people open social media accounts they have the choice to choose who they follow and which content they want to take in,” she says.

Keabetswe adds that being selective about who you follow and allow into your social media space can change your social media experience. Even with the right people on your timeline, social media can be overwhelming and easily push you into an information overload.

“Social media can also be detrimental to ones mental state in many ways when overused and overwhelm one with news and information, so know when it’s enough to take information and make sure you carve out time for yourself,” says Keabetswe.

Be a positive influencer in your own circles

Keabetswe’s viral “O jewa ke eng?” which literally means, “what’s eating you?” Went viral in January last year and remains an active social media touchstone with almost 60 000 people continuing to respond to the question by sharing their trials and many finding help on the viral thread.

Keabetswe says you don’t need a huge social media following to make a difference.

“Speak up, especially about burning issues that people are so afraid to speak about. You are providing the opportunity and platform for others that have been silenced to also speak up. But with that said, always make sure you have the correct information so that you’re well informed about what it is you’re talking about when you happen to be put on the spot,” she says.