Technology is prevalent in our society and it is important to understand how our online presence and activities can impact our wellbeing. Social media can have positive and negative impacts on your life and wellbeing.
This section contains useful information and tools to help you manage the impact of social media on your digital wellbeing.
Social media can have a positive or negative impact on our digital wellbeing, therefore it is useful to know how to maintain a healthy relationship with social media. Explore the UNSW social media guide for more information on how to use social media while at university.
|Building and maintaining relationships||Physical and mental health issues|
|Reducing loneliness||Social exclusion|
|Promoting connections with friends, family, and communities||Time wasting and decrease in productivity|
|Providing increased opportunities for inclusion i.e. people with disabilities||The proliferation of misinformation and disinformation|
|Raising awareness of health issues||Addiction|
Cyberbullying is a form of harassment or abuse, conducted online, mostly via social media platforms. Young people are most likely to experience cyberbullying, particularly women and people who identify as LGBTQI+.
Cyberbullying can include targeted and persistent attacks on an individual, obscene or offensive messages, threats and sharing intimate photos or videos without consent. Being a victim of cyberbullying can lead to stress, anxiety, loneliness, and thoughts of self-harm.
Nomophobia is the irrational fear of not being able to access your mobile device. It involves feelings of stress and anxiety and is gaining recognition as a mental health concern. People with nomophobia continuously check their devices and fear being unable to communicate with others or access information.
There is concern amongst psychiatrists that people who experience anxiety and depression could rely on their phones to escape social situations, further exacerbating feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety.
You can manage your dependence on your phone by: