Self Care Scrolling (video)

I want you to reconsider Self Care Sunday and try this: Self Care Scrolling. Seeing that the global mental health day has just passed and having our last lecture The Ego Online still in the back of my mind, I decided to try out a new medium and capture my thoughts in the following video.

I hope it serves as some food for thought and makes you rethink your own usage of social media and who you allow to influence your thoughts.

Why do you think being conscious on social media is so important? Do you even believe it affects you and your mental well being?

What could social apps such as Instagram or Facebook do, in order to prevent negative outcomes such as ‘Social Media Dysmorphia’ and how could such interventions clash with freedom of speech and expression?

I hope you enjoy my video.

My sources:

  • The study from 2012 regarding Social Media: Here
  • Millennials Who Use More Social Media Sites Have Higher Depression, Anxiety, Health Interview lead by Amanda MacMillen: Here
  • Combatting ‘Social Media Dysmorphia’: Here
  • Why Instagram Is the Worst Social Media for Mental Health, Times Amanda MacMillen: Here
  • Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, Stuart Hall: Here (this is a book I own)

Want to know more?

  • The following sources are all videos:
  • An interesting discussion from multiple points of view on The Impact of Social Media on our Mental Health, here
  • A young point of view on the effects of social media: Here
  • “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.” – Sangu Dell, watch his Ted Talk on opening up about his own mental health and how detrimental it is to talk about it here

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  • Niki
    Posted October 11, 2020 at 9:26 pm 0Likes

    I love your video!!! I love your creative approach to such an important topic that must be discussed more often. I believe that self care comes in so many different ways and we do not realise how such little things like social media are damaging our perception of ourselves and our lives. I definitely feel the addictive nature of social media and the digital world in general. I have realised over time how much it can be damaging (mainly when I was younger). I love the angle you chose to approach the topic and it was really fun to watch and very interesting to listen to. you had some great references as well. Great Job!!!

  • Emil
    Posted November 15, 2020 at 1:10 pm 0Likes

    Cool video!
    I find it great how you use BartheĀ“s methodology to tackle these myths that have a negative impact on our lives!
    Thanks for the approach to solving the problem!

  • Jeltje
    Posted December 18, 2020 at 11:27 am 0Likes

    I love your video Domo! It is such an important subject to discuss. I know too many people – and I admit I do it too – who compare themselves with the ‘perfect’ people online. Whether its on Instagram, TikTok or (digital) magazines, we are constantly reminded of the concept of ‘beauty’. I am glad that nowadays, the aesthetics of the so-called beauty shift and become a more ‘inclusive’ concept. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and I am glad we see this image more often than three years ago. Still, there is still a lot that needs to change in the online beauty aesthetics, and I am glad you contributed to this important goal!

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