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Digital detox: Do you need a break from social media? – Yahoo News

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Pinpointing how social media makes you feel plays a part in deciding whether you should take a social media break.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact a qualified medical professional before engaging in any physical activity, or making any changes to your diet, medication or lifestyle…….

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Pinpointing how social media makes you feel plays a part in deciding whether you should take a social media break.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact a qualified medical professional before engaging in any physical activity, or making any changes to your diet, medication or lifestyle.

How much time do you spend on social media each day?

For many of us, it’s become almost like a routine to log onto our accounts, aimlessly scroll through our newsfeeds and watch the minutes, maybe even hours, go by.

Is it time to do a digital detox? Here’s how to tell

Next time you’re on Instagram or Facebook, ask yourself how do those platforms really make you feel?

Experts say if social media is impacting your mental health and how you spend your day, it might be time to make some changes.

Jacqueline Sperling, a clinical psychologist and instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, says it’s not necessarily how much time you spend on social media, but how you spend that time that can negatively impact your mood, self-esteem and even sleep.

“I encourage people to collect data for themselves and they can rate their mood when they use social media and how they might do that could be on a scale of zero to 10, 10 being the most intensely you could experience an emotion and zero not at all,” Sperling said.

If social media makes you sad or mad, you may want to adjust what you’re seeing on your apps. Sperling suggests curating your newsfeed and unfollowing certain people who bring down your mood. She also recommends using it in a way that leads to face-to-face interactions.

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“Maybe you’re using it to connect with peers to set up plans in real life,” she added. “It could be you want to see what a special at a local restaurant is and then plan to meet up with my friends there so find ways to use it so that it doesn’t make you feel worse.”

Sperling, who is also the co-founder and co-program director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts says there are different ways of using social media: active versus passive and self-oriented versus other-oriented.

“Active use might be uploading one’s profile picture, that’s a self-oriented activity and active and self-oriented activities are less linked to a negative impact on …….

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