Hidden benefit of the Facebook outage? Central Ohio Psychiatrist Says Yes
COLUMBUS (WCMH) – After Monday’s Facebook outage, people are again using the company’s social media platforms.
Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all down for around six hours, and while some enjoyed the hiatus from social media platforms, not having access to them left others lost.
“I think this really shows how addicted a lot of people have become to social media,” said Dr. Megan Schabbing, medical director of the Psychiatric Emergency Services System at OhioHealth. “This incident was really indicative of the addiction of many people to social media. “
Schabbing recognizes that social media can be used in a number of productive ways, but added that too many people spend too much time on it.
“We know for a fact that it’s in the best interest of your physical and mental health to actually limit your screen time,” she said.
Not having access to Facebook and its other platforms may have caused anxiety for many, according to Schabbing. However, she hopes the blackout might bring some good.
“It was almost an unintentional experience, so it was almost like you had to not have that screen time, and guess what?” Everyone succeeded, ”she said. “No matter what effect the blackout has had on you personally, the take-home message is that social media can be positive for people if you find a way to limit the time you spend on it and just make sure to have control over it. When social media takes over and you can’t live without it, that’s when you can start to think it’s a problem.
Schabbing said the blackout was a reminder to only use social media in a beneficial way.
“Maybe Monday was a reminder for some of us and for many it would be great if we could all be a little more reflective about our screen time,” she said. “Think about how to use it in a way that improves your mood and doesn’t get worse. “