Julie Beck, a psychology writer, explores how spreading anxiety about important issues through social media tends to be counterproductive.
While the intentions might be good, moralizing worry distracts from the real goal by turning people’s attention inward to their own emotional states, rather than outward onto the problem.
Additionally, she examines how social media enables extreme societal anxiety.
[Social media] creates containers for anxiety to swirl in on itself, like a whirlpool in a bottle.
I consider social media to be a public health disaster, but I’m not a doctor.
That said, it seems unlikely that usage would ever decrease or that governments could (effectively) regulate it. Like some of our other historical mistakes, we’ll need to figure out a way to live with it. Don’t ask me how, I’m not a doctor.