Social media allows us to stay connected to friends and family all around the world. With a single click, you can be online at any given moment. However, with this increased ability to get online, studies show that a significant amount of social media use can lead to increased feelings of disconnection and loneliness. The following links provide an up-to-date explanation of how social media plays an important role in our lives and how to be aware of the negative consequences that may arise.
Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection that is amplified by social media.
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Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness when using social media
- How social media increases loneliness – PsyCom (link)
- How social media exploits our loneliness – Psychology Today (link)
- Loneliness, social media and the Covid-19 pandemic (link)
- Work on allowing yourself to access social media during specific times (link)
- When it comes to social media, think snack-sized portions (link)
- Put the apps that you open most frequently onto your last phone ‘page’ (link)
- Limit any social media alerts you get (link)
- Stop using social media 30 minutes before bed (link)
- When used well, social media can help curb loneliness (link)