Logged In And Stressed Out By Paula Durlofsky

Logged In And Stressed Out cites numerous studies and personal anecdotes from the authors therapy sessions to show the pros and cons (mostly cons) of social media and how to find balance in the digital age. 

RATING: 3/5

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KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Studies show the greater overall social media use and high emotional investment in social media as a means for connection and validation were associated with insomnia and higher levels of anxiety, depression, and lower self-esteem.
  • “Life is best organized as a series of daring aventures from a secure base.” -John Bowlby
  • Since the ubiquitous use of social media, the rise in numbers of those who have died by suicide between the ages of 10 to 24 years has jumped 56% from 2007 to 2017.
  • Where and how we direct our energy is where our life will go. 
  • “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” -Seneca
  • Research shows that we cause ourselves more emotional pain and suffering when we rail against situations and people that are beyond our control. 
  • “When we are no longer able to change the situation…we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Victor Frankl (See Mans Search For Meaning for more on this!)
  • Acknowledging our struggles allows us to take personal responsibility for them and makes us aware that it is within our power to make real lasting changes in our life. 
  • “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” -Edith Wharton
  • “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy 
  • One study found that shared experiences—even with a complete stranger—are experienced more intensely than are solo experiences. 
  • Another study underscored the positive affects of sharing experiences with those with whom we’re already close, as opposed to those with whom we are not close. In other words, the closer we feel to the person with whom we share an experience, the more enjoyable that experience will be for us. 

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You can also check out Irresistible By Adam Alter for more on the addiction of social media.

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