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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Quiz: How Mindful Am I Online?


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posted by Catharine Hannay

After each statement about cell phone and social media use, choose 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/the work I needed to do that day.

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? 

Adapted from Being You, by Catharine Hannay. © Prufrock Press, 2019. Used with permission.

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About the Author

Catharine Hannay is the founder of and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. (Sales of the book help me continue to run with no sponsorship or advertising.)