In this empathetic manual, Pennsylvania-based mental health counselor Durlofsky shares parables about patients whose lives have been affected by over-involvement with social media . . . Maintaining a sympathetic tone, she offers lists of helpful strategies for dealing with adverse emotions, unhealthy relationships, FOMO, and hurtful comparisons—amounting to practical actions applicable to both in-person and virtual situations that go beyond simple exhortations to disconnect. Additional chapters deal with romantic break-ups, mourning, emotional pain, and the dangers of using technology as avoidance medication. Her major take-aways ring true, no matter what arena: develop self-compassion, practice self-care, find your "e-tribe," and try to achieve balance. Readers may have heard these suggestions before, but the specific spin, addressing digital dependency, makes the advice timely and fresh.
Psychologist Durlofsky debuts with an empowering take on the impact of social media on mental heatlh. . . . Durlofsky’s practical work will provide insight to any reader looking to creating a safe, healthy digital space.