The workshop, led by Shobitha Kedlaya, was attended by a significant audience of over 100 participants. The interactive session centered around the pervasive influence of smartphones and social media on individuals’ sense of identity and the emergence of fear in digital spaces.

Shobitha initiated the session by delving into the pervasive impact of social media on individuals’ mental health and sense of self. Participants were encouraged to reflect on their own experiences with social media and identify patterns of fear and longing for validation stemming from excessive smartphone use. The facilitator highlighted how the constant exposure to curated content and perceived prosperity on social media platforms can evoke feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among users.

The discussion extended to the detrimental effects of social media on mental health, including heightened levels of stress, depression, and self-comparison. Participants shared personal anecdotes and concerns regarding the negative impact of social media on their well-being, acknowledging the pervasive sense of fear and insecurity propagated by online platforms.

Shobitha provided participants with practical insights and strategies for combating the adverse effects of social media on their mental health and sense of identity. This included emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and mindfulness in managing online consumption, setting boundaries, and prioritizing real-life connections over digital validation. Additionally, participants were encouraged to cultivate a healthy relationship with social media by curating their feeds, engaging in meaningful interactions, and practicing gratitude and self-compassion.

The workshop fostered an environment of open dialogue and interactive sharing, allowing participants to express their concerns and seek guidance from the facilitator. Through mutual support and exchange of perspectives, participants gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of social media-induced fear and identity crises. The facilitator empowered participants by equipping them with practical tools and strategies to navigate the digital landscape with resilience and self-assurance.

The workshop provided participants with valuable insights into the pervasive impact of social media on individuals’ sense of self and mental well-being. By fostering open dialogue and providing practical strategies for combatting social media-induced fear, the session empowered participants to reclaim control over their digital experiences and cultivate a healthier relationship with technology. Moving forward, participants are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the complexities of identity and fear in the digital age with resilience and self-assurance.