By Teresa D'Amato - Senior Clinical Psychologist MAPS, MACPA, MIACN
Thriving in the digital age requires making the most of our ability to connect but avoiding overload, according to the Australian Psychological Society, which has released tips for evading the pitfalls of the online world for Psychology Week 2017. Psychology Week is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. This year the focus will be Thriving in the digital age and ways to help Australians improve their happiness and wellbeing.
Social media has become a really important means of communicating and is basically integral to most of our lives in one form or other. However, we have also seen it affect people’s behaviour in some less than positive ways. Disagreeing and name calling have become common online and that behaviour can easily become anti-social drifting into trolling, stalking or cyberbullying, while constant notifications can leave us anxious and distracted.
Here are 8 simple strategies that can help ensure you have a positive experience online and you aren’t being ruled by your technology.
The APS invites Australians to participate in Psychology Week by hosting or attending events, sharing their own successful #waystothrive via social media.
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