Media consultant, author, and tech expert Shelly Palmer says that the healthiest way to use social media is not to use it at all. He claims that the pervasive use of filters and enhanced imagery online makes it “impossible to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake,” leaving many users with a distorted view of themselves and the world.

Social media personality and influencer Violet Benson disagrees. She says that after being bullied, she turned to social media to build her confidence and a successful business. “It was one of the first times in my life where I felt like I fit in - where I felt like people understood me,” she says.

Watch the video above to hear more about Violet’s experience. Then, tune in to Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Social Media vs. Reality: Addicted to Likes?” as a panel of experts, influencers, and others discuss the amplification of social media and how it’s impacting our culture.

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