Is social media life-fulfilling or life-draining?


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We live in a social media world, whether we like it or not. With that comes a set of risks that require clear boundaries and a strong filter — otherwise it can suck the life out of you.

You might have trouble sleeping because of a mean comment someone posted; you might find yourself spending hours of your day hitting refresh on a preoccupying news story; you might have a child who’s been bullied by other kids through Facebook or Instagram.

I’ve definitely had to set boundaries in my social media usage, to the point that I just block someone who posts an inflammatory or mean-spirited comment, regardless of whether I know them or not.

On the other hand, I’ve enjoyed some great friendships that began with a message over social media, including my guests on this edition of Quick Hits: digital consultant Rick Alcantara, psychologist Dr. Bob Choat, and project manager Heather Villa.

We had a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion on how best to set those boundaries so that we can enjoy the rewards of social media without getting drowned out by the risks.

How do you manage the emotional onslaught that is social media?

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