Feeling connected looks a lot different during a pandemic, but that does not mean that we cannot cultivate relationships virtually.
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Socially Connected in COVID-19
"Here’s a tool to check for problematic phone habits. I scored 14/15 for transparency! Speaking from personal experience, my phone habits have significantly deteriorated since COVID." - E.L., Class of 2021
Maintain a Healthy Tech Balance
While phones and technology are important for staying connected, excess phone and social media usage are linked to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc. Social media can also negatively impact our attention span by training our brain to crave constant visual stimuli.
- Understand your relationship with your phone. Do you use it to pass time? Do you use it to stalk what your friends are up to? What apps make you feel better? Or worse? Do you close the same apps then open them again for no reason? Do you hear phantom notifications?
- Our phones and the apps have been designed to be addictive. Turn your phone on grayscale. The grayscale mutes the colors, tricking us to not want to be on our phone for long periods of time because it’s not as pretty anymore.
- Practice creating space. Leave your phone in a separate room or location for meals and work time. Creating a space specifically for work, sleep, and eating will help you enjoy the present. Incorporate non-digital activities into your daily routine. Go for a walk without your phone, sit outside, read before bed, draw, write in your journal.