Hello all,

As the media continues to offer examples of social concern, and for those who engage with youth, this month we have a few resources in relation to social media! While they lean towards the hazards, these aren't just another bunch of "quit social media now" pieces, but rather highlighting the concerns, offering ways to engage responsibly, mental health resources, and a couple of lighter materials as well.


A TEDx Video on Healthy Use

Bailey Parnell, then a researcher at TMU and now an entrepreneur and speaker, talking about the risk of social media and how to use it in a considered, healthy way.


Offline with Jon Favreau:

Jon Favreau’s podcast brings in experts on online existence, particularly in relation to social media, and discuss all the myriad aspects of the modern instance of the internet.



  1. How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, by Anne Helen Peterson:
    This was later turned into a full monograph, titled "Can't Even":


The article, and later monograph, about the Millennial generation (that generation that has killed everything from diamonds to housing to oil to casual dining…as a millennial myself, maybe we should rename ourselves to the Midsomer generation? That's a bit of a niche joke, I know…)


  1. Canadians' Assessments of Social Media In Their Lives:


This report from Statistics Canada, released in March 2021, drwas on the 2018 Canadian Internet Use Survey as well as a number of other published reports, and highlights both the positive and negative side effects of social media use.


Log Off Movement:


This was started by a young woman who began University in the U.S. before experiencing social media’s negative effect on her mental health. She co-founded log off to help other teenagers and young adults engage with social media more reflectively.

Mental Health Resources:


Kids Help Phone's resources to support mental health on social media:


Canadian Mental Health Association's 2-pager on using social media to benefit your mental health:



Finally, a bit of comedy:


James Acaster's Guide to Quitting Social Media:

(Available in Canada from Chapters/Indigo, or your local bookstore)


This is a fictionalized, satirical look at quitting social media, where comedian James Acaster takes his own experience with quitting social media and melds it into a terrible persona who, to subvert the fear of missing out (fomo) of quitting, ports all the social media dopamine-inducing materials into real-life activities.


How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett (from 1907):

A satirical work on what was expected of people, especially as society transitioned to office work. The satire still has relevance today, particularly in regards to the need to be constantly engaged with, and self-promoting on, social media.

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