It’s no surprise that social media use has increased since stay-at-home orders were issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, we’re all trying to stay informed, entertained and connected.

Here are three tips for using social media in a way that can help minimize potential negative effects:

  1. Don’t lose sleep over it — Research indicates that there is a link between social media use and sleep deprivation, as the blue light emitted by mobile devices and computers can inhibit the body’s natural production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. Constantly checking your social media for new updates can also disrupt healthy sleep patterns.
  2. Take a break — It can be upsetting to hear about the pandemic and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities not associated with quarantine or isolation such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language.
  3. Consider your sources — Social media and other digital platforms can help spread rumors, myths and misinformation. When evaluating information on social media, follow these guidelines:
    • Use trusted sources, such as official government or health care websites and social media channels.
    • Evaluate other information from the source, including links and sources, to see if it appears reliable.
    • Search other credible resources to see if they are sharing similar information.