Social media and our mental health are deeply connected. Social media is all around us. On the whole, it is a positive force on society, but we have to be wary of how it impacts our mental health. Due to both the pandemic and recent social upheaval at home and abroad, the phenomenon of ‘Doomscrolling’ (addiction to anxiety-provoking news) has spiked. The danger lies in feeling socially obligated to keep up with current affairs. However, many of us forget that social media is designed to be addictive. The problem is compounded by the fact that we have been confined to our homes, where our gadgets often serve as the go-to cure for boredom.
However crucial it may be to pay attention to the news, we have to keep an eye on our mental and emotional wellbeing. For those of us struggling with our mental health, remember to: