WHAT'S "DOOMSCROLLING" AND HOW CAN WE STOP OURSELVES FROM DOING IT?

Have you had the experience of opening up your social media to check one quick thing, and then you go down the rabbit hole of posts for the next hour?

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Digital Wellness - Learning for Families

Climate change, COVID, politics... social media these days can be an avalanche of posts that often paint a picture of doom and gloom.

Tech columnist Manjula Selvarajah interviews Matthew Johnson from
Media Smarts as he shares three tips in this 3-minute audio clip from CBC Radio for getting a handle on "doomscrolling", and getting the best out of your social media experience:

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take control of your social media feed

Take control of your social media feed. Choose wisely which accounts you follow and be sure to “mute” accounts that have a negative effect on you. Most social media apps and the devices they sit on give you the ability to change how and if you get notifications.

02

put a time limit on your usage

Set goals for your usage and use tracking features like Screen Time (iPhone) and Digital Wellbeing (Android) to see if you stick to your limits.

*Instructions: Screen Time on iPhone / Digital Wellbeing on Android*

03

Pay attention to your reactions and emotions

Ask yourself how you feel, why you feel that way, and what needs to change for your mental health. Understand that what you see is carefully curated, well-lit, and filtered.  It's not real life.  Seek out accounts and hashtags with positive messages.

The average person checks their smartphone over 50 times a day, so it’s important that we become more mindful about what we see on the screen.

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