How Mindful Am I Online?

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Activity 33 from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness

Directions: After each statement about social media use, answer “True” (I’ve done this) or “False” (I haven’t done this).

1. I’ve felt lonely or sad when I’ve seen photos of an event I wasn’t invited to. 

True                    False 

2. I’ve sent a photo or text that I later regretted. 

True                   False 

3. I’ve spent so much time on social media that I couldn’t finish my homework. 

True                    False 

4. I’ve looked at my phone instead of talking to the person I’m with in person. 

True                    False 

5. I’ve liked or shared a hurtful or bullying message or post. 

True                    False 

6. Other people have told me I spend too much time looking at my phone. 

True                    False 

If your answers were mostly “False,” you seem to have a very healthy relationship with social media. If your answers were mostly “True,” you’d likely benefit from changing your social media habits.

If you’re not happy with your social media use, or if it’s causing problems for you, what are some ways that you could change your habits?

I know it can be challenging to limit the amount of time you spend online. Do your best to cut back as much as you can. Surveys show that the happiest teens spend less time than average on social media. 

Adapted from Being You: A Girl's Guide to Mindfulness, by Catharine Hannay. 
© Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission.
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