How Social Media And AI Impacts Our Mental Health: Reclaiming Our Minds And Hearts And Healing A Divided World

The rise of social media has revolutionized the way we connect, share information, and interact with one another. While it has undoubtedly brought numerous benefits, there is growing concern about its impact on our mental health.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Tobias Rose-Stockwell about how the internet has broken our brains, what we can do to fix it, and how to navigate this complex digital landscape. We are seeing significant increases in mental health disorders, especially in youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

Tobias and I talk about how our worlds are being curated, controlled, and manipulated, and how this is shaping our perceptions, relationships, and even our sense of personal identity. From viral sensations to never-ending news feeds, the rapid evolution of technology has fueled a continuous cycle of polarizing opinions and perpetual stress. We discuss how social media inadvertently created what Tobias calls an "outrage machine" that fuels our negative emotions and disrupts society.

Tobias explains that we have a natural disposition to focus on negatively valenced information—we tend to click, read, and share stuff that suggests the world is falling apart, which only amplifies outrage and discontent online. We also talk about the potential repercussions of artificial intelligence. Tobias explains that just like social media, AI is a double-edged instrument with enormously destructive power and incredible creative potential. But it’s not all doom and gloom.

We also discuss potential solutions and actionable steps we can take to foster a healthier relationship with social media and our use of technology, and how to leverage it for social good. I hope you’ll tune in.

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