May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the question we have today is “What really happens to the heart and mind as we engage online? The average internet user spends about two hours a day or 14 hours a week on social media – the equivalent of a part-time job! Is this job paying off as we’d like? Where is it taking us?

Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A. a psychiatrist, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and regular blogger at Psychology Today. He began to research the mental health effects of social media in 2012 – and he thinks we are in trouble. His research verified that, while social media can enhance feelings of social support and provide for greater social integration, these typically transient benefits also come at great costs to our mental health.

Ravi Chandra, M.D. is a psychiatrist and author in San Francisco. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and in 2016 was awarded a Proclamation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his community and humanitarian work. Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks is his debut nonfiction work and a 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner. He writes blogs for Psychology Today on psychiatry, spirituality and culture, and for the Center for Asian American Media, on film. He is a published poet, and author of a fox peeks out: poems, and a short book of essays on Asian American Anger.

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