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Is It Possible To Have A Healthy Relationship With Social Media?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/healthy-relationship-social-media_l_5f3a9f7dc5b6e054c3fcf10e

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Is It Possible To Have A Healthy Relationship With Social Media?
The rise of digital detoxes shows just how damaging our social media habits can be for our well-being. What can we do about it?

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Digital Depression And Social Media

Digital Depression And Social Media
  • Our mental health and well being is easily affected by social media.
  • People increasingly are opting for digital detox many companies are looking into the problem of hate speech and abusive content.
  • The problem seems to have escalated during the pandemic and one needs to be mindful of the damage that is being done to our minds when we scroll endlessly in our feeds, looking for instant dopamine hits.

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Engage With Awareness

  • A good starting point for those who cannot live without social media is to turn off all notifications and actively engage in social media for a limited time, being aware of how it makes you feel.
  • One also needs to curate the news feeds and only look at stuff which is nourishing for the brain.
  • It also helps to periodically keep your smartphone out of sight.

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Consume Varied Content

Just consuming specific content that feeds into your existing set of beliefs isn’t a healthy way to approach the online world, as it does not provide an authentic view.

We need to find people whom we disagree with and get past our filter bubbles. We need to engage with a purpose, and with a curious, open mind and keep trying to educate ourselves.

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Trolls And Social Media

Understand that social media is not the best place to have a rational discussion.

One is bound to get upset with social media as there is always a storm of haters and trolls who feed off the negative energy you display when you get ‘spiked’ or triggered. An online attacker’s prime agenda is to agitate you.

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