Your technology IQ can predict the beneficial or harmful consequences of technology and social media in your life. Your mental health, business success and moods all depend on how well you can manage your use of digital devices. 

  1. 1 True or False: Social media affects your mood

    social-media
    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    Social media can have such an impact on our moods. Our ego can inflate with all of the comments and likes on a post. Our mood can drop when we see "perfect" lives posted all over the place. 

  2. 2 According to federal law, you must be at least ___ to have a social media account

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    1. 12
    2. 13
    3. 14
    4. 11
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    13

    Unlucky 13 is the legal age which kids can have a social media platform of their own. 

  3. 3 What is a negative effect social media can have on kids

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    1. They’re over-exposed to mature information
    2. They aren’t exposed to experiences until much later than necessary
    3. They can find answers to schoolwork online
    4. Both: Over-exposed to mature information and under-exposed to real experiences
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Think about what you can access on your own social media accounts. What can you find online? Well, a 13-year-old can legally have an account, which means they, too, can access the same material as you. They can also get caught up in their online presence and miss out on real experiences that they should have. 

  4. 4 Which of the following is NOT a sign of too much social media/technology use

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    1. <a href="https://reachoutrecovery.com/remote-articles/10-Anxiety-hacks-therapists-swear-by/">Anxiety and stress over daily routines
    2. Antisocial/uneasy around other people who try to engage
    3. Phones are used as a barrier when unwilling to talk
    4. Using social media to engage with friends while home
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Using social media to engage with friends while home

    While face-to-face interaction is much more important, sometimes kids just can't get out to see their friends all the time. The other three answers listed above are very important to track.

  5. 5 Which of the following is NOT a way to limit your technology use for the day

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    1. Limit your media use by setting an alarm for 10 minutes; once it goes off, close the apps and put the phone away
    2. Go outside and take a walk without your phone
    3. Only use your phone/laptop/tablet while at home
    4. Leave your phone/ laptop/ tablet in a separate room while getting other chores/ activities done
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Only use your phone at home

    If you limit your social media time to home, it can mean some sticky situations. Especially if you're not thinking about the amount of time you're spending online. 

Quiz Part 2: What Is Your Technology IQ?

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    A little more research

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    You could use a little brush-up on your social media knowledge. It’s a constant in this world now, and you can protect yourself a lot better if you read a little more about the effects it can have on our moods. Here are some articles to help. 

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    You know a little about social media basics

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    The more you know, the better prepared you are to protect yourself. Here are some articles to help you better understand how social media manages our moods. 

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    You know a thing or two about social media and that’s great

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    It’s taken over our society, so it’s important to understand it. Here are some more articles to help improve your understanding of the effects it can have on our moods. 

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    Congratulations

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    You got 3 out of 5 correct! Maybe you missed the age requirement to create an account. Or you weren’t sure how social media can negatively impact children. Here are some articles to help you become a social media wiz! 

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    So close

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    You have a great understanding of social media—excellent! It runs our lives now and it seems as though many people can’t go a day without checking their pages. So, it’s very important to understand how it’s affecting us all. Here are some more articles about social media. 

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    You’re a social media wiz

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    Correct!

    Keep up the good work and make sure you stay alert while online. Monitor your moods and others’ around you to better understand how it’s affecting us. Here are some more articles about the impact of social media. 

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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