The Anxious Person’s Guide to Surfing Social Media


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Do you have a dream you keep chipping away at, yet never really go for? Or perhaps one that you never start? Consider the first segment of this show your pep talk. I picked out a key chapter from my book, How Much Joy Can You Stand? How to Push Past Your Fears and Create Your Dreams. May it inspire you to higher heights… We await them!

I had a fascinating conversation with social media impact expert, Dr. Brian Primack. Scary fact: we now spend an average of 147 minutes on social media every day—up from 2021. Dr. Primack conducted the essential studies that drive what we know today about the impact of ingesting such massive amounts. And those negatives include poor self-image, depression and…yes… anxiety.

But Dr. Primack believes there is a conscious, healthy way to navigate social media, which is what this segment is all about. Important stuff!

Among other things, I learned:

  • Why social media is such a ‘double edged sword’
  • What FOMO is and what it drives
  • Can social media truly be used to self-soothe?
  • The impact of social media on the subconscious
  • Do the positives balance the negatives?
  • What is negativity bias and why it matters
  • His approach to using social media in a healthy way
  • Should you set up notifications on your social media?


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Suzanne’s blog, Why You Should Dare to Be Heard Suzanne’s book, How Much Joy Can You Stand?

Dr. Brian Primack’s book: You Are What You Click; How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience

Alexa’s Road to Recovery


After exploring possible careers as a cryptographer, actor, and psychotherapist, Brian A. Primack settled on becoming a physician, researcher, and administrator. He is currently the incoming Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Sciences at Oregon State University, where he leads over 2000 undergraduate and graduate students and 200 faculty and staff members. Before this he was Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas and the Dean of the Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary research area involves the effect of media and technology on health—both positive and negative. He has over 250 publications, and his findings have been reported in news sources such as NPR, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, US News and World Report, the BBC, and many more. He is the recent recipient of multiple regional, national, and international awards for research, teaching, and overall achievement. After graduating Yale University magna cum laude in 1991 with degrees in English and Mathematics, Dr. Primack spent 4 years teaching adolescents and studying human development for his master's degree, which he received from Harvard University. He subsequently graduated first in his class and summa cum laude from Emory Medical School and trained in Family Medicine in Pittsburgh.

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