Logged In and Stressed Out: How Social Media is Affecting Your Mental Health and What You Can Do About It

December 8, 2020
Logged In and Stressed Out: How Social Media is Affecting Your Mental Health and What You Can Do About It

Social media is here to stay, and Logged In and Stressed Outpresents the right information and tools to improve our livesthrough examining and changing our digital habits.America is facing a mental health crisis. Studies show that theaverage American is spending more than 10 hours a day in front oftheir screens, suicide rates are at an all-time high, and mentalhealth professionals are working hard to address social media'srole in this epidemic. Social media can sometimes feel like anunpredictable roller coaster ride. One's mood can swing from elatedafter getting a slew of "likes" on a post to worthlessness anddeflation in response to being criticized in a comment thread. Toooften, bad feelings from social media interactions linger,negatively affecting our off-line lives and worsening alreadypresent mental health issues.Instead of demonizing social media by taking a one-note,"digital detox" approach, Logged In and Stressed Out recognizessocial media is not, itself, the problem—it's how we use it thatneeds examining. Paula Durlofsky guides readers through its impacton break-ups and infidelities, social distortion and comparison,trauma and triggers, social media binging, depression, anxiety, andother common concerns, using real stories from her own practice topersonalize concepts and recommendations.By setting needed limits and embracing new practices, it ispossible to improve mental health when using social media.Durlofsky details the whys and hows of creating a safe digitalspace, cultivating digital and social media mindfulness, applyingthe techniques of metalizing while consuming social media, anddecreasing social media and digital reactivity. She offerssuggestions for how to use social media and digital technology tocreate meaningful social interactions and positive mental healthand provides readers with practical steps to put these ideas intoaction.Social media is here to stay, and Logged In and Stressed Outpresents the right information and tools to improve our livesthrough examining and changing our digital habits.