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We may feel we’re alone in being anxious about life online—the reality is, many of us are struggling

Formerly, only film stars knew what it was like to be on a billboard looking marvellous while feeling broken inside. Now that experience is available to anyone with social media

Illustration by Kate Hazell

As I understand the causes of anxiety, we think that there is a threat, so our fight or flight response is activated and our bodies flood with adrenaline and cortisol. That system worked well when we needed to run away from tigers but now means we go haywire in the modern world where there are multiple stressors but no need…

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