Last week I went 13 times over the recommended daily average of social media usage. For most of us, scrolling has become a part of our daily routine like brushing teeth, you don’t think about it, it just happens on auto pilot. You may think scrolling is harmless or that you can “hang” and it’s not effecting your mental health but the sad reality is you’re human too.
Regardless if it’s direct consumption of information or indirect like “mindless” scrolling, our fragile minds do reap consequences whether good or bad when we consume information. You’ve heard “knowledge is power” and “stay woke” as encouraging sayings to stay informed but there is a limit! According to a study published by the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, keeping your use down to just 30 minutes a day can lead to better mental health outcomes. Anything above that time frame increases your risk of suicidal thoughts, depression, increased social and general anxiety, low self esteem and the list goes on. The good news, is that there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your time is monitored or limited! Thanks to cellphone settings and even app developers. There are settings in your smart phone to monitor your screen time, limit your app time, and even deactivation buttons on your social media accounts. This might seem extreme, but in the midst of all the chaos in the world right now, these simple steps can make all the difference to encourage your mental well being and help you healthily navigate our world as a whole. The same way we can make steps in our diet and exercise to feel better physically, we can take small steps to help us feel better mentally!