Lexi’s Life Advice: Coping with Toxic Social Media

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Friday, June 5, 2020


I am excited to start Lone Conservative’s first column series that answers questions from our supporters and followers. Every Monday, Lone Conservative will post on either Twitter or Instagram so you can submit your questions that you want answered. It can range from issues on campus to general life struggles. 

After growing up in a small town, I decided to attend Penn State Altoona and major in political science. I am certainly not an expert on any topic, but great advice doesn’t have to come from some far-away expert. Often, the best advice comes from those struggling through the same thing. I’ll also get a little help from other members at Lone Conservative, who do have some expertise. Enough about me, let’s get to the questions you guys submitted on our Instagram this past Monday.

Jorge I like a woman who’s Mormon but I’m Catholic. We still have many similar interests. Any advice?

You really need to consider what a future would be like with her, especially with kids. I don’t know how religious either of you are but if you’re both devout, then what will raising a family together look like? Will the kids go to both churches? Will they be baptized in the Catholic Church? Every marriage will have times when you disagree, but do you want to disagree on something so fundamental? It is hard to solve even minor disagreements when you can’t agree on core principles. Similar interests are fantastic but are they going to get you two through all the curveballs life throws at you.

Relationships between Catholics and people who aren’t Catholics can work, but there is a lot to consider. I recommend watching the Ascension Presents video on the topic. I believe in dating outside of your denomination if you have similar enough spiritual beliefs, do you two have that?

Quinn How do you cope when social media becomes too toxic to enjoy?

If social media becomes too toxic to enjoy, turn it off. Social media is supposed to benefit your life, not bring it down. You will be surprised how much time you get back in your day if you get off social media. Spend that time doing something that makes you happy. College students spend an average of one to two hours on social media a day. Take that time back.

However, I know how difficult it is to completely turn it off. I have to use social media for my job. If you can’t completely turn it off, limit your time. Set established times in the morning and at night when you will turn it off. If you have friends you talk to on social media, only check their messages and don’t go on your feed. You can also unfollow people who are making your feed less enjoyable.

Anonymous What to do when across the country from your family during the pandemic?

During this pandemic, our inability to see family has been one of the toughest challenges I’ve seen people go through. My first thought would be to pray. Pray for them because God can reach them in a way you aren’t able to, especially while you are across the country. My second thought is to take advantage of the technology we have today. Facetime, texting, and social media can connect us even if we’re thousands of miles apart.

Daniel How do I respond to people who support the riots and burnings of small businesses?

It depends on the person. If they are someone who won’t have a rational conversation, there is no point in engaging. However, if it is someone who is willing to listen, I would point to all the business owners, including black business owners, who have lost their stores that kept them going. I would point to the protesters and cops who have died from the riots. You must listen too, though. People are in pain and you can’t diminish that or else no one will want to hear you.

Nate How many internships did you apply for before choosing the Examiner?

I am interning at the Washington Examiner this summer for people who did not know. I only applied to one other internship before getting the Examiner position. This year, it was a bit easier for me to get an internship because I had built my resume up from my internship at The Daily Caller last summer and from my time with Lone Conservative and The College Fix.

If you are just starting out in the political field, like I was last year, I would recommend applying to as many internships as you can. Last year I applied to at least five internships. Be persistent and use your connections.  Don’t be nervous asking for help either. People are a lot more friendly in this field than you think. Also, don’t wait until you’re applying to internships to get experience. Find other outlets and try writing for them.

These are all the questions that I can answer this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If your question wasn’t answered, don’t worry, you still have a chance to get it featured in next week’s column! Or you could resubmit your question on Monday on our Twitter when we post about it. You can check back next Friday to see if it has been answered. Hope this advice was helpful and I’ll see you guys next week.

Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Lexi Lonas is a student reporter with The College Fix and a columnist for Lone Conservative. This summer she will be interning with The Washington Examiner and be a Fellow for Heritage’s program, The Academy. Previously, Lexi has interned at The Daily Caller and her work has also been seen in The Daily Signal. She will be graduating this fall from Penn State Altoona.

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