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On the Pursuit of Perfection: Are Our Social Media Habits Harming Our Self-Worth?

Is technology pushing perfectionism?

Are we doing too much?Between Instagram and Pinterest oh, yeah, and our favourite blogsare we ruining our goals for life balance in the name of perfectionism?When it comes to our obsessive need to do (and post) everything, its not always the technology that allows us to do both that is to blame but rather the way were using it, says Dr. Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.Her biggest concern is that people are using DIY technology to the extremeand at the expense of other things.If youre doing these things to the point where youre feeling overwhelmed, step back and think about your goals and what youre trying to achieve, says Dr. Kamkar. Ask yourself, Is this really making me more productive or improving my well-being and quality of life? Chances are it’s not. In fact, your social media habit could be more detrimental to your health and happiness than you may thinkit could even be affecting your sleep.

Who is to blame? Rather, what is to blame?

Blaming technology for our troubles takes the onus off learning to act responsibly, says Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center in Newport Beach, CA.Our devices, apps and social media platforms are simply tools, she says, in the same way that hammers are. She recommends doing a tech audit to evaluate why you turn to these tools so often: Is it to be informed? To connect? To relax? To procrastinate? To be motivated or inspired? And how does it make you feel? Happy, energized and calmer or agitated, annoyed and resentful?Evaluate how youre using each tool against the criteria that will best support your goals, says Dr. Rutledge.And think about balance, too, says Dr. Kristin Buhr, a registered psychologist and director of the North Shore Stress & Anxiety Clinic in North Vancouver.Thanks to all our devices, were never really off duty anymore. Theres never a chance to regroup, she says.Whats worse, she says, is that we have a horrible tendency to use multiple devices at once. Ill be watching TV, my laptop is open, Im texting with a friend and I feel like Im getting lots done, but Im not doing anything mindfully.”Weve lost our sense of balance around technology altogether. And we’re living in social isolation.On that note, learn how social media is making us lonely.

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