How Social Media And AI Impacts Our Mental Health: Reclaiming Our Minds And Hearts And Healing A Divided World

Episode 804 1h 17m


The rise of social media has revolutionized the way we connect, share information, and interact with one another. While it has undoubtedly brought numerous benefits, there is growing concern about its impact on our mental health.

Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Tobias Rose-Stockwell about how the internet has broken our brains, what we can do to fix it, and how to navigate this complex digital landscape. We are seeing significant increases in mental health disorders, especially in youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

Tobias and I talk about how our worlds are being curated, controlled, and manipulated, and how this is shaping our perceptions, relationships, and even our sense of personal identity. From viral sensations to never-ending news feeds, the rapid evolution of technology has fueled a continuous cycle of polarizing opinions and perpetual stress. We discuss how social media inadvertently created what Tobias calls an "outrage machine" that fuels our negative emotions and disrupts society.

Tobias explains that we have a natural disposition to focus on negatively valenced information—we tend to click, read, and share stuff that suggests the world is falling apart, which only amplifies outrage and discontent online. We also talk about the potential repercussions of artificial intelligence. Tobias explains that just like social media, AI is a double-edged instrument with enormously destructive power and incredible creative potential. But it’s not all doom and gloom.

We also discuss potential solutions and actionable steps we can take to foster a healthier relationship with social media and our use of technology, and how to leverage it for social good. I hope you’ll tune in.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, BiOptimizers, Zero Acre, and Pendulum. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The superpower that social media has provided to us


  • How our traditional knowledge systems have been deconstructed


  • The challenges of uncovering what is true


  • How Tobais’s time in Cambodia led him to this work


  • The harms of social media


  • Historical media disruptions


  • The dangers of misinformation


  • Challenges and opportunities around AI


  • How governments and platforms can reduce the harms of social media


  • Individual actions to improve the impact of social media


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Introduction: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Pharmacy,

Tobias Rose-Stockwell: We need to renegotiate our time with these tools. We need to renegotiate our attention with these tools, and there are increasingly better ways of doing that.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman. That's Farmacy with an F, a place for conversations that matter. And if you've been worried about the impact of social media and technology on our minds, on our mental health, on our wellbeing, you're going to love this conversation with a good friend of mine, Tobias Rose-Stockwell, who wrote a book called The Outrage Machine, how Tech Amplifies Discontent, disrupts Democracy, and What we can do about it. Thank God for what we..

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Ep. 804 - How Social Media And AI Impacts Our Mental Health: Reclaiming Our Minds And Hearts And Healing A Divided World