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?
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
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….
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
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
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
As most of you are probably aware, Congressman and Civil Rights legend John Lewis died this weekend as a result of cancer. Lewis was 80. He was one of the original speakers at the March on Washington and until this weekend was the last speaker who was alive from that famous day. Congressman Lewis was … Continue reading John Lewis & Joy
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
Alright, you’ve read this blog before, right? So, what do I hate more than almost anything else, despite the fact that I just can’t stop checking it? Yes, social media. I’ve written over and over and over about how evil it is and how much harm it can cause and blah, blah, blah… (Okay, yes, … Continue reading The Availability Heuristic and You
As some of my prior entries have indicated, I’m a big fan of Reddit. If you use it the right way it can be hilarious, inspirational and adorable. One of the more popular subreddits – and certainly one of my favorites – is AskReddit. In AskReddit, users can post a question to the Reddit community. … Continue reading “People who conquered depression and/or anxiety, what’s the #1 factor that helps you?”