According to Goali Saedi Bocci, author of The Social Media Workbook for Teens, social media has pros and cons when it comes to our mental health. Indeed, after spending the last year researching and writing my new book, Outsmart Your Smartphone: Conscious Tech Habits for Finding Happiness, Balance, and Connection IRL, I, too, have a better understanding of the real negative effects of social media.
How do we undo the negative effects of social media? Here are 7 quick tips:
1. Learn about your device-related behaviors.
When people discover that I wrote a book on how to “Outsmart Your Smartphone,” the most common response I hear is: I know just the person who needs your book! Everyone seems to know someone who is on their phone too much, but we have a hard time seeing if we are the person who is on their phone too much. Smartphone addiction, like other addictions, can make us blind to our device-related behaviors.