Doom Scrolling? Reading all the comments? Feel like this is impacting you in nothing but a negative way?
You could be unintentionally using social media and the internet in order to harm yourself. Our guide will help you recognise the behaviour and give you some tools to deal with it.
What is digital self-harm?
Digital self-harm has lots of definitions and can include different things. In this guide, we will describe it as using social media and the internet in order to harm yourself. Usually, digital self-harm is emotional harm.
Digital self-harm can be different from other types of self-harm. This is because people who are digitally self-harming might not start out by meaning to harm themselves. Sometimes people who are digitally self-harming believe that they need to continue doing what they are doing even if it hurts them. When digital self-harm is talked about in the media, people tend to talk about children and young people creating social media accounts to send abusive comments to themselves. This is an important issue and it affects LGBT+ people. LGBT+ communities also face some specific types of digital self-harm.