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Short Animation Sundays: Social Media & Screen Addiction

Have you ever lost track of time scrolling through your Instagram feed or mindlessly refreshing your notifications? Guilty as charged, right? Social media addiction has become a real issue in our digital age. We spend hours on these platforms, often without realizing the toll they can take on our mental health, relationships, and productivity. So here are 3 short animation videos to shed light on the dangers of social media and screen addiction.

social media addiction - crossing the street blinded by their smartphones
Liam Walsh

1. Social Media and Mental Health

Your mind is your everything and social media can have quite a negative impact on our minds. It’s no secret that constantly comparing ourselves to others on social media can make us feel inadequate and anxious. This video does an excellent job of illustrating how social media can contribute to depression and other mental health issues.

Mental Health & Social Media by PsychHub

2. The Dopamine Effect

Social media triggers the release of dopamine in our brains, which makes us feel good. It is similar to a digital high. But just like any other addiction, we can become reliant on social media to feel good, leading to addictive behavior.

Like and Follow by Brent & Tobias

3. Unplugged

Finally, this last video is a reminder that it is vital for our well-being to take regular breaks from social media and our screens in order to reconnect with the real world. Our lives do not reside online but if we fail to find the balance between our online presence and being present in the moment we might risk losing ourselves in the process.

Glued by Gluedmovie


Social media addiction is a real issue, but it’s not all doom and gloom. By being mindful of our online behavior, limiting our screen time, and taking breaks from social media, we can create a healthier relationship with technology. Social media is a powerful tool for staying connected and informed, but it’s up to us to use it wisely. So the next time you find yourself lost in the depths of social media or just glued to a screen, take a deep breath and ask yourself: “Is this serving me?” If the answer is no, it might be time to unplug and recharge.


“Social media is a powerful tool, but it’s important to remember that it’s not a substitute for real human interaction.”

—Alexis Ohanian


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