Will you go scroll free this September?
- 91% of those aged 16-24 use the Internet for social networking.
- Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen 70% in the last 25 years.
- Cyberbullying is a growing problem, with seven in 10 young people experiencing it.
If you’re not ready to go cold turkey, the campaign offers up other options to try: Social butterfly - Take a break from social media at all social events. Night owl - Take a break from social media every evening, after 6PM. Busy bee - Take a break from personal social media accounts when in school or work. Sleeping dog - Give up social media in the bedroom and improve your sleep.
It seems like even social media companies themselves are recognising the damaging effect too much screen time is having on us. Facebook and Instagram are currently rolling out updates to help users manage their time better on the app, with push notifications and monitoring tools. Social media can have so many positive effects, including connection, support and self-expression. But it’s important for us to acknowledge the negatives that often come alongside excessive usage. Taking some time away from the screen can help us build a better relationship with our phones, reconnect with the ‘real world’ and encourage us to be more mindful of our time online.
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