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Social Media and Mental Health

With high numbers of people now using social media, there are increasing concerns about the links to poor mental health especially amongst young people. The use of social media can enhance connection and improve a sense of belonging. However, it can also lead to tremendous stress, pressure to compare oneself to others, low self-esteem, addiction-related issues, anxiety, depression and increased sadness and isolation.  Read our blog articles to discover more, and tips of how to moderate usage with important boundaries in place.

Cultivating Digital EQ: Thrive Emotionally in the Digital Age with Michelle van Namen’s New Book

Cultivating Digital EQ: Thrive Emotionally in the Digital Age with Michelle van Namen’s New Book

Book Title: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in the Digital Age: A Psychologist’s DIGITAL EQ BLUEPRINT for Adults & Leaders to Thrive  Author: Michelle van Namen Available now on Amazon – https://mybook.to/DigitalEQ    For many of us today, our digital interactions outnumber our face-to-face encounters. From the moment we wake up, we’re immersed in a digital stream –...

Is Social Media Making Us Depressed?

Is Social Media Making Us Depressed?

Don’t believe everything you see on the internet – that’s something we are all aware of, even though it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between genuine content and misinformation. It’s generally understood that the younger generations – the ‘digital natives’ – are better at telling myth from fact when online, but that’s recently come into question after a TikTok craze that’s...

How to Use Social Media to Feel Better

How to Use Social Media to Feel Better

Time and time again, we hear about the downsides of social media; about how it can give us all a serious case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), or about how it can lead to comparing ourselves against others constantly. These kinds of things are clearly not a recipe for good mental health and can even result in low self-esteem, anxiety and depression in some cases. A recent study by the Journal of...

The Impacts of Social Media on Children’s Self-Esteem

The Impacts of Social Media on Children’s Self-Esteem

With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Whatsapp, GooglePlus, Tumbler, YouTube…our children have never been so connected!  Statistics show the use of social networking is at 88% for 12-13 year olds, 97% for 14-15 year olds, and 99% for 16-17 year olds (Australian Communication and Media Authority, 2013).  In this technological age, social media has become a primary gateway to connect with...

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