Social Media Can Be Toxic—Here’s The First Step Toward Change – Forbes


Though it might be hard to remember sometimes, social media is about much more than news, ads, and branded content. Its original purpose, back when it began 14 or 15 years ago, was to connect people and bring them together—and throughout the past year of quarantining and social distancing, we’ve witnessed that more than ever. At its best, social media is a space where people can share stories, listen to the experiences of others, and build communities. 

But, as we all know too well, social media has also shown a much darker side. In just the past 12 months, we’ve seen advertising boycotts, a presidential election, and the politicization of a global pandemic all contribute to social media’s toxicity and divisiveness. Combine that with the fact that the “compare and despair” effect of social media has been proven to cause mental health issues, and it’s no surprise that Source…