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I keep checking the number of likes my posts get on Instagram.Help!

Question: I’m really worried as I’m unable to disconnect from my phone and Instagram seems to have taken over my life. When I put up pictures I can’t help but check how many likes I get and if I don’t it really makes me anxious and depressed. I’m constantly distracted by the buzzing of my phone and notifications; I can’t stop and get angry when my parents yell. I need help! Teentalker , 14-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I understand your need to be connected and stay updated in the social media circuit. Also, most of us spend hours scrolling on the phone and then realizing how much time has gone by. However, when it becomes constant and compulsive, we need to look at ourselves closely. Here are some active steps to take:

  • Understand that Social media can have negative and addictive effects
  • Work at reducing your digital time with our detox steps

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