Social media can give dismay about war but it can also provide relief

Like many people, I have spent a lot of time in front of my phone, computer and TV, focused on the war in Ukraine. On some TV news programs, this is literally the only topic, sometimes in subtle detail. What we are seeing, hearing and reading is terrifying and sometimes graphic. I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

Sad, angry, sad and sometimes frightened by the news. Usually, what I feel is empathy for distant people I don’t know personally, but sometimes that deep concern turns into personal anxiety, especially when I talk about nuclear war or “World War III”. I hear about the possibility.

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