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Developing a Healthy Relationship with Social Media

Today, social media has become such a big part of our lives.  For many, it may be the last thing we look at before we go to bed and the first thing we check when we wake up. Although social media may have its benefits, it’s easy to overdo it, making it important to figure out how to have a healthy relationship with social media.

Developing healthy habits to use social media and finding some balance in usage is optimal for making sure it has a positive impact in your life.  The key is to create healthy social media habits that create balance in your life, protect your emotional wellbeing, and make your social media use a positive influence rather than a negative one.  


  1. Schedule your time on social media rather than letting it control you
  2. Be thoughtful about why you’re logging on and stick to your plan
  3. Remember that someone else’s happy news does not minimize your own
  4. Be yourself
  5. Put your emotional wellbeing first – you can skip or hide negative/upsetting posts

Articles about social media:

American Academy of Pediatrics
10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

Association for Psychological Science
Social Anxiety in the Age of Social Networks 

Greater Good in Action  
Before You Scroll, Try This Mindful Social Media Practice

NET CETERA Chatting with Kids about Being Online 

Pew Research Center
Psychological Stress and Social Media Use
Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance

University of California, Berkeley
Does Technology Cut Us Off from Other People?

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Screen Sense: Frequently Asked Questions on screen time for children under 3 years of age

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This content was last modified on: 11/22/2017

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