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Moment 164: AVOID These 3 Phone Habits That Are Killing Your Brain! The Mental Health Doctor: Dr Aditi Nerurkar

Fri May 31 2024
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Description

This episode explores the impact of excessive social media use on stress and anxiety. It discusses the concept of popcorn brain, the primal urge to scroll, and the risks of consuming graphic content. The importance of setting digital boundaries and finding a balance between staying informed and protecting mental health is emphasized.

Insights

Excessive social media use can contribute to stress and anxiety

Spending too much time on social media platforms and consuming graphic content can lead to heightened stress and anxiety levels.

Popcorn brain is a common affliction in modern life

Popcorn brain refers to the overstimulation of brain circuitry caused by spending excessive time online. It is a widespread phenomenon in today's society.

Consuming graphic content can increase the risk of PTSD

Exposure to graphic images and videos, even if happening far away, can raise the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Creating digital boundaries is essential for mental well-being

Setting limits on social media use, such as time restrictions and geographical boundaries, can help protect mental health and maintain a healthy relationship with technology.

Chapters

  1. The Impact of Social Media on Stress and Anxiety
  2. Balancing Information Consumption and Mental Health
Summary
Transcript

The Impact of Social Media on Stress and Anxiety

00:00 - 06:46

  • Spending excessive time on social media platforms and consuming graphic content can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression.
  • The constant scrolling and exposure to negative news can disrupt sleep patterns and increase cortisol levels, contributing to heightened stress.
  • Popcorn brain is a phenomenon where overstimulation from spending too much time online leads to a sensation of brain circuitry 'popping'. It is a common affliction in modern life.
  • The primal urge to scroll and constantly check our phones is driven by the amygdala's need to scan for danger, especially when we feel stressed.
  • Excessive consumption of graphic content can increase the risk of developing PTSD and other mental health conditions.
  • Creating digital boundaries, such as time limits, geographical limits, and logistical limits, can help reduce reliance on social media and improve mental health.

Balancing Information Consumption and Mental Health

07:10 - 13:16

  • Being an informed citizen is important, but it's crucial to protect our mental health by setting limits on consuming graphic content.
  • Limiting engagement with videos and images and instead reading about current events can help reduce the risk of PTSD.
  • Seeking counseling and medical attention is necessary if consuming news leads to mood disorders or alarming thoughts.
  • Finding ways to get involved in supporting causes and taking action can provide a sense of empowerment amidst overwhelming news.
  • Creating digital boundaries helps maintain a healthy relationship with technology while staying informed.
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