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May 1, 2022

While social media networks can build real-world connections, they may have a dark side.

illustration of a smartphone surrounded by multiple emoji, thumbs-up symbols, and hearts representing like buttonsSocial media platforms offer a way to connect with others — long-lost friends, busy family members, and neighbors. So, why do you sometimes feel deflated after spending time online?

Social media might not be the problem. The issue might be how you’re using it, says Jacqueline Sperling, the co–program director of McLean’s Anxiety Mastery Program and an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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