As national tensions rise, Americans need a break from social media
Today’s Video of the Day from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reveals that more than half of Americans have changed their social media habits this year due to tensions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, racial inequality, and other political issues.
While about 30 percent of survey participants reported an increase in social media use, at least 20 percent are taking breaks to avoid the rising tension.
Dr. Ken Yeager, the director of Ohio State’s Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program, said it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by information, opinions, and arguments while scrolling through social media channels.
“Stepping away and reconnecting with reality offline is an important step to take for your mental health,” said Dr. Yeager. “Being constantly immersed in this stressful environment and being overexposed to contentious or traumatic events can make you feel like the world is a less safe place to be. And because these stressors have persisted over a long period of time, it’s wearing on people’s ability to cope with that stress.”
“Even though you can’t control what happens on social media, it’s important to recognize how it may affect you and take steps to limit your exposure.”
Video Credit: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center