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:
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.
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.