Anti Social Media
Is addictive use of social media making us depressed?
There’s no doubt that social media shines when it’s being used as a force for good however more often its been blamed for causing feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and self-loathing and has been linked to an increased in loneliness. In this Pod we explore the issues and ask how we can be more mindful of our social media presence and make technology work for us rather than against us.
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Social Media Anxiety, LinkedIn Envy, Instagram Jealousy – whatever you want to call it, social media can have a profound impact on our mental health. In this episode Bethan explores why we have these reactions to seeing and sharing our lives online. She also offers 5 crowdsourced tips (from social media, a hint of irony here!) on how to deal with these negative feelings and adapt your social media usage to promote a more positive online experience.
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The brain requires idle time to develop, but our constantly connected world seldom allows for boredom. Attention is now currency; aggressive marketing tactics and intensive social media use has earned the industry a reputation for its contribution to mental health issues. But here Dr Fjola Helgadottir, has research which proves otherwise. What’s more, her online CBT programme demonstrates how digital media can actually be used to cure the very illnesses it can contribute to.Play
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Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems? According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health. Bailey think it’s high time we learned to practice safe social before it’s too late. What are the common triggers? How are they affecting you over time? How can you create a more positive experience online?
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Take a social media break as you explore the dangers of social media addiction on the human brain and it’s harmful effects on society. College scholar Amber Quinney shares with you how she lost her appetite for virtual interaction through her year-long social media fast. Through her talk, learn how to be more mindful of your social media presence and how to use it to add value to your life.Watch
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Social media was supposed to connect us all but instead it’s making us lonely, disconnected and depressed. But social media can play a major role in relationship building if we use it right. Galya Westler wants to launch a movement for global recovery from social media addiction and to promote real authentic human connections.Watch
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Social media can enrich our lives, but too much exposure can result in emotional difficulties. How could something that connects us make us depressed? Let’s take a look at the answers to that question and examine 7 ways in which social media can rob you of happiness.Wesley Baines for Beliefnet.comRead Article
I used to think social media was essentially a force for good, but more and more, it’s clear these platforms create divisions, exploit our insecurities and risk our health. Matt Haig for The GuardianRead Article