STARVING FOR ACCEPTANCE Each time we receive a notification or a "like" on social media, an area of our brain called the nucleus accumbens lights up to give us a sense of gratification which goes a long way to explain why social media is so appealing and why it can become all-consuming.It's not a touch, a physical sensation."NEGATIVE IMPACTSocial media has also been found to bring on some negative emotions from users.A study by two German universities into social networking found that one in three people surveyed felt worse ("lonely, frustrated or angry") after spending time on Facebook, often due to perceived inadequacies when comparing themselves to friends."People see this pressure to present yourself in the best light online, because it has to do with reputation," says Michael, who says that depression and anxiety can be a real issue among users.He hopes I’ll change my mind but I’ve told him I won’t! The most basic and straightforward answer is that your partner should never pressure you to do something you don’t want to do. It’s always slightly more complicated than that; even your letter, with its hints of your past experiences and his previous undisclosed “behaviour” proves that. You’re both committing to a long-distance relationship, which by nature demands a lot of sacrifice, a lot of compromise, and the hope that it will all be worth it in the end.You also hint that he has hurt you, and you’re now trying to re-establish your trust and connection.To use them as a fortunate opportunity to get centred."Jankelowitz says that as well as allowing us to get centred, meditation provides us with those very things that social media may be taking away, such as increased focus and attention; increased productivity and improved ability to multi-task; and decreased feelings of anxiety, anger and stress.Calming exercise such as yoga is another great way to counteract the effects of too much screen time.It's no understatement to say that social media is a phenomenon now firmly entrenched in our lives.New figures released in March 2016 show Facebook has reached 15 million active users in Australia.Keep it out of those spaces."BALANCE IT OUTKevin Jankelowitz, Co-Founder and Chief Meditation Officer at Centred Meditation, says meditation is a powerful tool to counterbalance the saturation of social media in our lives."We live in an attention economy where countless demands are constantly competing for our attention.As a result, we've become obsessed with doing, so much so that when we are presented with an opportunity to just be for a while, we quickly fill it up with doing again," he says."It's vital that we start to claim back our 'in-between' moments.