How often do you find yourself replying to a text, DM or email with an emoji… or five? With a suitcase of emotions literally at our fingertips, it’s all too convenient to defer to our iPhones for everything, even our feelings.
But at what expense does this cost us long term? Hiding behind playful emojis, gifs and even memes can be detrimental to our well being. Instead of confronting emotions head on and using actual words to convey feelings, it can be easier and less vulnerable to use humor as a scapegoat. But are people hiding a darker reality? It poses the question, Is using too many emojis a sign of depression?
We tapped licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in training, Dr. Aimee Martinez, for the rundown on mental health in the digital age. She weighs in on quarantine depression, doom scrolling and why it’s crucial to set healthy boundaries with social media.