Editor’s note: WRAL TechWire welcomes Stefan Youngblood – an entrepreneur and thought leader on artificial intelligence – as its newest contributing columnist. In his latest post he talks with ChatGPT about the emergence of “Threads” then offer his own thoughts about the best way to mange it and other social media in your life. Stefan writes about emerging AI issues, filling a need for expertise in this rapidly growing sector of the global economy. 


  1. Anxiety and Depression: Studies have shown a correlation between heavy social media use and increased levels of anxiety and depression. The constant bombardment of information and the pressure to keep up with others’ lives can be overwhelming.
  2. Self-Esteem Issues: Social media often presents idealized versions of reality, which can lead to comparisons and feelings of inadequacy. This can significantly impact self-esteem and body image, especially among younger users.
  3. Cyberbullying: Social media platforms can also be a medium for cyberbullying, leading to emotional distress and other mental health issues.
  4. Sleep Disruptions: Excessive screen time, especially before bedtime, can interfere with sleep patterns. Lack of sleep can exacerbate mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
  5. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): Seeing others engage in activities can induce a feeling of missing out, causing anxiety and dissatisfaction with one’s own life.
  6. Social Isolation: While social media connects people virtually, it can also lead to feelings of isolation. Studies suggest that heavy social media use can lead to perceived social isolation, the feeling of being left out or alone.
Stefan Youngblood

Stefan Youngblood (photo from his LinkedIn page)

  1. Mental Health Awareness: Be mindful of your mental state. If you notice an increase in feelings of anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem, consider taking a break from social media and seeking help if needed.
  2. Avoid Comparisons: It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing oneself with others based on their social media posts. Always remember that most people present an idealized version of their life online.
  3. Report and Block: If you experience cyberbullying, report and block the individuals involved. Most social media platforms have mechanisms for reporting abusive behavior.
  4. Establish a Digital Curfew: To avoid sleep disruptions, establish a ‘digital curfew’ — a time when you turn off all electronic devices. This can help you maintain a healthy sleep routine.
  5. Manage FOMO: Recognize that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is often a result of the highlights others post online. Everyone has ups and downs in life that they don’t always share on social media.
  6. Connect Offline: Ensure you’re spending ample time connecting with people offline. Real-life relationships can provide a richer, more fulfilling connection than digital ones.
  7. Mental Health Resources: Utilize available resources like counseling and mental health apps that can help you manage your mental health.
  8. Engage Positively: Use social media platforms like “Threads” to connect with supportive communities, learn new things, and share positive aspects of your life.

More from Stefan Youngblood:

Your kids & artificial intelligence: Beware of ‘Digital Echo Syndrome’ and more

Note: This blog was originally published at Stefan’s Medium site: https://medium.com/@stefan_11852/gpt-breaks-its-silence-on-threads-91a25ce9a4c