Ah, the double-edged sword that is social media. Our culture is insanely lucky to have this network of connection at our fingertips (I got connected with my husband through a mutual friend on Facebook), yet a new phenomenon called "social media depression" has been sneaking in. Have you heard of it?
It sounds farfetched, but social media depression is a real thing that has been studied. Have you ever found yourself scrolling through those seemingly "perfect" posts by friends and others you follow and experienced a sense of decreased self-worth or envy? A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows negative experiences on Facebook, in particular, can be linked to an increase in depression among young adults.
So what can we do to combat the negative feelings social media can trigger? I write about this a lot in my new book, The Dr. Sears T5 Wellness Plan, but here are seven good places to start: