Columbus Day is Fake NewsOctober 12, 2020
If you’ve felt stressed or anxious during this pandemic, you’re not alone (talking to you Drama). I’m sure on some level this year has felt a little crazy for all of us and I’m here to shed some light on why that may be. As someone who loves Documentaries and works in the world of social media advertising, I HAD to check out the buzz around The Social Dilemma, and trust me, I wasn’t disappointed. The film sparked conversations with my friends and I about anxiety and how social plays a role by actively tricking and manipulating our behaviors. Good news is, we can 100% change that course and take back our mental health. Hopefully, at least one other Kathy will take something away from this to help them get through the end of 2020!
I’m sure by now you’ve watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix, if you haven’t then you’re missing out. Well, not on the acting the acting is terrible but the content is 10/10. It helps to identify and give context to that weird, can’t-put-your-finger-on-it feeling that we all have in 2020.
~The Social Dilemma is a Docudrama following a series of tech experts bringing light to the dangerous impact social media has on society as a whole – polarization, isolation, mental health, addiction, and more.
~It’s clear throughout the film that the dangers of social media can’t be pinpointed onto one person, company or software but the ideology of the tech industry itself.
~Phenomenon like fake news, AI algorithms, the psychology of persuasion and how tech changes human behavior are all on the menu to be hashed out.
~The most interesting component? Many of these tech experts share how they themselves have struggled with avoiding the very tools they’ve created, how the original purposes were for good and how the codes in these systems are susceptible to flaws… just like the coders who wrote them.
As someone who’s struggled with crippling anxiety my whole life, a lot of Drama’s messages on the pod really resonate with me. Most recently, that feeling of how “the good old days” have already come and past. I was curious if I was the only one who felt this way…so I did some research.
Prior to coronavirus, nearly 1 in 5 Americans felt some level of anxiety or depression. During the pandemic, that number has increased to 1 in 3. While these unprecedented times are stressful for anyone, I was curious what portion of that was correlated to screen time. The answer? The verdict isn’t out on this yet. But many people are noticing they are spending increasingly more time on their smart phones. Even celebrities are speaking out, like David Spade, “My iPhone just told me my screen time last week was nine days. Is that even possible, isn’t a week still 7? I have no idea,” and Sarah Silverman, “My screen time was up 118 per cent last week! I’m killing it!” Raise your hand if this sounds like you 🙋🏽♀️.
We’ve all heard of the studies linking screen time to increased feelings of anxiety, depression and overall detriments to mental health. It’s a common theme throughout The Social Dilemma.
Right Chrissy… but how do we do that?
I don’t want to give away all the tips and tricks from the docudrama, but there’s some valuable tidbits I think everyone should know.
I want to share a few things about myself and daily habits that have helped me manage my anxiety on the day to day so hopefully another Kathy can take something out of this. It’s good to remember – I’m only human. Do I wish I did these things every day? Hell yeah! Does it happen? No. No one’s perfect. But if I can do just one thing on this list, I feel a million times better.
Speaking of jumping out of my comfort zone, I’m throwing it over to my fellow Kathy’s to help me out! Over the next 2 weeks I’ll do something every day suggested to me that’s out of my comfort zone.
Best suggestion wins a free pack of HOLISTIK.