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Stelter: Social media is reshaping how the world sees war
01:08 - Source: CNN

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Many of us spend hours a day in front of a screen. Shouldn’t it be joyful?

Unfortunately, it isn’t always so easy. Prolonged screen time disrupts sleep and gives us a big hit of dopamine, often called the “feel-good” neurotransmitter – so much of it that if you go overboard, your body could compensate by making less of your own. Scrolling through social media can add the harmful impacts of comparison, unrealistic standards and the spread of misinformation, said Wendy Rice, a psychologist based in Tampa, Florida.

“Any time you bring groups of people together, there’s opportunities for people to directly harm each other’s mental health by how they treat each other, for people to compare themselves to others in a way that affects their self esteem, and for people to share tips and information that’s misguided, even if they don’t intend to,” Dr. Neha Chaudhary, a child and adolescent psychiatrist on faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in an email.

However, some corners of the internet are looking to help with content meant to make your life better.

Experts say with a discerning eye and a healthy strategy, there are different types of accounts you can follow to make your social media life happier.

Life-changing information

Social media use has been linked to depression and anxiety, but some professionals are using the space to spread information that aims to improve viewers’ mental well-being.

Every week, Kirk Honda, a Seattle-based therapist and adjunct professor at Antioch University, puts out hours of content on YouTube.

Some videos are a deep dive on a psychological topic, while others are reactions to popular media from the lens of a therapist, but all of it is made intended to make the world a better place, Honda said.