When Social is Harmful

 "Although there are important benefits, social media can also provide platforms for bullying and exclusion, unrealistic expectations about body image and sources of popularity, normalization of risk-taking behaviors, and can be detrimental to mental health." Source

Electronic devises can be a great way to assist in communicating, stay organized, share fun interesting and even intellectual content and even be a source for learning sophisticated topics with countless YouTube educational training videos and "Ted Talks" available for free any time. 

"However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. Social media may promote negative experiences such as: Inadequacy about your life or appearance." Source

Do you won the phone, or does the phone own you?

One simple tool to lower the triggers and usage is to stop alerts and set a specific time and amount of time to read and engage in the social arena. Seek positive personally engaging activities like volunteering and doing other activities that help others. That positive reward system will quickly replace social addictions. 

Like sugar, video games, and more... a little is not bad, just be personally mindful of how you are feeling when engaging in social media. If it's adding stress and anxiety, walk away, get help if needed. 

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