How can you make social media good for your teen?

Many of you may have seen the report two weeks ago, and it was pretty damning: According to their own research, Facebook became aware that Instagram is bad for the mental health of their teenage users – and particularly teenage girls – and has done nothing about it. Facebook has denied that this is the … Continue reading How can you make social media good for your teen?

Does social media cause depression?

Despite being a complete social media addict (sigh), I’ve written repeatedly about the negative impacts that social media can have on your mental health. However, one of the key, unanswered questions has always been this: Is the relationship casual? That is, does social media use cause loneliness, does loneliness cause an increase in social media … Continue reading Does social media cause depression?

New study links social media and depression

I’ve written about it before, and now there is even more proof: A new study has linked social media and depression I caught this article in Forbes, which notes: The team calculated that for every 10% rise in negative social media interactions a person experienced, their risk of depression rose significantly—by 20%. For every 10% … Continue reading New study links social media and depression

Three ways social media can be good for your mental health…I guess….

Despite my own personal obsession with social media, I have written repeatedly about how bad it can be for your mental health. That being said, I remembered something the other day: Social media changed my life in a very important way. It was through someone else’s stupidity, but that still counts! Allow me to refer … Continue reading Three ways social media can be good for your mental health…I guess….

A presentation: Social Media & Depression

I had the pleasure of giving a presentation on Social Media & Depression for the Interlace Cultural y Desarollo Integral Mexicano de Lehigh Valley, a Mexican cultural group in my hometown. In the presentation, I talk about the frighteningly strong connections between Social Media & Depression. The actual presentation is below. But here are the … Continue reading A presentation: Social Media & Depression

How to look at social media and not want to throw your phone out a window

As I’ve written before, social media can be really, really, really bad for your mental health.  This is for a variety of reasons, including: It inspires unrealistic comparisons between yourself and others. It creates unrealistic and unhealthy expectations of how someone should be living their life. It can lead to increased feelings of isolation. It can inspire … Continue reading How to look at social media and not want to throw your phone out a window

Social media is (mostly) terrible for your mental health

Before I was a State Representative, my full time job was to work for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Among other things, I ran the Chamber’s social media, while also teaching small business owners how to make more money by using Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.  I used to do presentations on a pretty … Continue reading Social media is (mostly) terrible for your mental health

Yeah…TikTok has real mental health benefits

After years of feeling and acting like an old man, I am finally bowing down to the inevitable social media crazy…let’s talk TikTok. For the uninitiated, TikTok is a video platform. You can create short, snappy videos – as long as three minutes but usually a minute or less – that are chock-full of original … Continue reading Yeah…TikTok has real mental health benefits

Doom Scrolling: What It Is and Why It’s So Dangerous

I think it was at the height of the George Floyd riots (not protests, riots, and I do mean those two differently) that it really hit me. Dozens of cities were burning across the nation, the fire started by the murder of George Floyd. The kids were in bed, and I could not stop looking … Continue reading Doom Scrolling: What It Is and Why It’s So Dangerous