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Positively New Jersey: Is social media zapping the fun out of things we used to enjoy?

On today's "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue discusses how social media use can sap the joy out of the hobbies and pastimes that are so crucial to maintaining mental health.

Jun 1, 2023, 2:55 AM

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Last week, the United States Surgeon General echoed a warning that psychologists have been sounding for years - social media poses a profound risk to adolescents' mental health.
Adults should not count themselves as immune. Far from it. One of the effects? Having social media sap the joy out of a hobby or passion.
On today's "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue discusses how social media use can sap the joy out of the hobbies and pastimes that are so crucial to maintaining mental health.
He hits the Meadowlands with amateur wildlife photographer Steve Michaels who recently pulled back from social media use after he found it sucking the joy out of the experience.
And he recounts his own experience of growing frustrated that he was failing to catch fish while his Instagram feed was full of fishermen grinning over their own rod and reel triumphs.
Call it the “FOMO joy suck.” It's real and it's not so hard to prevent if you just know when to unplug.


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