Teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are at a higher risk of mental health issues (according to a 2016 study by US Department of Health and Human Service). Author Rachel Macy Stafford recently wrote an article about social media usage (Hands Free Mama). Here is a short excerpt:
While you are online, your mind, your thoughts, your core values are drifting to wherever tech companies want you to go. The remedy is to limit the time you spend drifting in the online world and tether yourself to real life.
To real people, real conversations, and real scenery.
To furry animals, interesting books, good music, the great outdoors.
To spatulas, hammers, cameras, paintbrushes, and yoga mats.
No-one is saying don't use social media, they're just saying don't use it too much - don't forget to connect to 'real' people and 'real' things. Also, be aware of the way it manipulates the way you think your body and life should look.
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