The Challenge: No Social Media

Why?

A disorganized space actually can affect your mental health. A study by Saxbe and Repetti (2010) found a positive relationship between the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and the presence of household clutter, suggesting that a more organized and decluttered living space may contribute to lower stress levels. Additionally, a study by Roster and Ferrari (2019) explored the impact of clutter on subjective well-being, revealing that individuals who reported having more clutter in their homes experienced lower life satisfaction and a higher prevalence of symptoms related to depression. These findings align with the principles of environmental psychology, as discussed by Joye and Dewitte (2018), emphasizing the influence of physical surroundings on mental well-being. *

 

How?

This one can difficult, especially when many of us have to engage with social media for our jobs. Even if you can’t disengage completely, limiting the amount of time you spend on social media will likely have positive mental health benefits.

You can start slowly, but unplugging an hour a day. You can set designated times for social media, most devices have settings that will allow you do this. You can reduce the number of social media platforms you engage with by removing your profile from the ones that make you feel worse about yourself or the world.

While social media has become a huge part of many people’s lives, remember it’s not been a constant in our lives for all that long. It’s not impossible to remember a time when we didn’t interact with it. Rise to the challenge, and you just mind find you’re not missing all that much if you don’t participate in social media.

Recent Titles on the Mental Health Impact of Social Media

 

*Primack, B. A., Shensa, A., Sidani, J. E., Whaite, E. O., Lin, L. Y., Colditz, J. B., … & Colditz, J. B. (2017). Social media use and perceived social isolation among young adults in the U.S. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(1), 1-8.

*Twenge, J. M., & Campbell, W. K. (2018). Associations between screen time and lower psychological well-being among children and adolescents: Evidence from a population-based study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 12, 271-283.

*Fardouly, J., Diedrichs, P. C., Vartanian, L. R., & Halliwell, E. (2015). Social comparisons on social media: The impact of Facebook on young women’s body image concerns and mood. Body Image, 13, 38-45.

*Hunt, M. G., Marx, R., Lipson, C., & Young, J. (2018). No more FOMO: Limiting social media decreases loneliness and depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37(10), 751-768.