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Social media anxiety over the holidays


Getting ready for the holidays can sometimes be a little stressful.

Flights may be delayed or dinner didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. But some psychologists say another aspect that can add stress to your holidays, is social media

Social media: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Psychologists say sometimes when feeling a little uneasy, certain questions you don’t really want to answer from your family members, the first place many people escape to is social media but it could create more anxiety than expected.

Illinois resident, Ray Kemerling, said social media can be placed on the back burner.

“We need to focus on Thanksgiving, we need to focus on Christmas and our families and shut ourselves off from the social business," Kemerling said.

When it comes to social media psychologists say it could cause unwanted conversation at the dinner table, from the negative comments you may see to sometimes depressing news.

SIU student, Brittani Coffie, agreed.

“It’s not more about family and what you’re thankful for, and just celebrating time with them it's more about 'oh let’s have a discussion about all the issues  in the world,'" Coffie said.

Social media, while it’s a way to be informed, some people say there’s a time and place and the holidays, may not be one of them.

“There are a lot of negative things that go on the world and if we’re constantly reminded of all the negative, it’s hard to see what’s good that's going on," Bill Hancock said.

“It could make them fight with their families on the holidays," Rebecca Nitzberg said.

Others say social media is a way to engage family members about important issues going on throughout the world.

“There’s a lot of horrible things going on, I don’t think it’s a distraction. I think it’s good that you know, people are actually bringing that kinda conversation to the table," Timmy Temital said. "Parents are probably be like wow, I know my kids are actually paying attention to things like this that are going on in another country, so I think it's positive, I don't think it's negative at all."  

Here are some quick tips psychologists recommend to keep social media from taking a toll on your holiday festivities:

  • Leave your phone or device in a room or in your car, so you won’t be tempted to check your social media sites.
  • Volunteer. Sometimes if you’re spending the holidays alone, there can be a way to get involved without having to check your phone and see what others are doing.
  • The biggest tip is to have those face-to-face conversations. If you’re constantly on your phone or laptop during the holidays, it’s easy to go online and see what’s going on, missing out on those conversations with family.

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