Resources Tagged With: media and Internet use

Digital Anxiety — How Technology and Social Media Makes Us Anxious and What You Can Do About It

Life is unpredictable and anxiety-producing. There’s no doubt that technology and social media have intensified our anxiety, and our lack of in-person connection and interaction, time in nature, and engagement in our communities is creating what some mental health professionals are referring to as “digital anxiety.” Read more ›

10 Things to Know About How Social Media Affects Teens’ Brains

Mitch Prinstein, the chief science officer at the American Psychological Association (APA), spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee about how social media platforms may impact youth development. NPR distilled it down to 10 useful takeaways. Read more ›

Tips for Healthy Social Media Use: For Parents and Teens

We all know how the algorithm works—the more you look at your phone, the more it will send compelling content to keep your eyes from looking away. It’s hard to break habits of checking TikTok or Instagram and constantly refreshing to see more, but it’s important to take time away for our mental and physical health. Read more ›

The Role Social Media Plays in Mental Health

If you’re spending an excessive amount of time on social media and feelings of sadness, dissatisfaction, frustration, or loneliness are impacting your life, it may be time to re-examine your online habits and find a healthier balance. Read more ›

Social Media and Mental Health

You are growing up in a world where social media has always been a part of connecting with others, especially friends and classmates. Social media has made it possible to stay connected to other people from almost anywhere and at any time.

However, digital platforms can also make things more difficult for you emotionally. Read more ›

Healthy Social Media Habits

Technology has changed the way we interact with each other. Social media puts other people just keystrokes away. This helps some feel like they have more social support. But for others, it can increase isolation and depression. Read more ›

Can Tech Help Prevent Teen Suicide?

Last year, one-fifth of all high school students seriously considered suicide and 1 in 11 teens attempted suicide. These numbers are staggering and unacceptable. To truly make a dent in the teen mental health crisis, there needs to be an acknowledgement that technology should be an important part of the solution. Read more ›

Citing a Mental Health Crisis Among Young People, California Lawmakers Target Social Media

Karla Garcia said her son’s social media addiction started in fourth grade, when he got his own computer for virtual learning and logged on to YouTube. Now, two years later, the video-sharing site has replaced both schoolwork and the activities he used to love — like composing music or serenading his friends on the piano, she said. Read more ›

Teens Are Flocking to New Photo-Sharing Apps. Are They Safe?

As Snapchat and Instagram draw criticism for safety and mental health concerns, some young people are opting for a different way to keep in touch. Photo “widgets” LiveIn and Locket are grabbing attention for their fuss-free photo sharing — just snap a photo and it pops up in a tiny window on your friend’s home screen. Read more ›

5 Books to Help You Find Balance in a Digital World

Many of us have become so reliant on technology, it’s hard to unplug and put our devices away. Our perceived need to be ‘always on’ can take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing—increasing anxiety, interfering with sleep, and affecting our social relationships.

The following books offer counsel on how to step back from technology and find the right balance to ultimately make you feel more in control. Read more ›

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