There are certain ways that social media Instagram especially is affecting the mental health of its users daily and indirectly killing them little by little.
These are six of those ways. We want you all to carefully go through this write up, it will help you greatly.
The advent of social media has brought many welcomed and some not so welcomed developments. Social media platforms have revolutionized the way we stay in touch with each other and it has become an integral part of the daily life of many.
While there are many positive roles played by social media, it has many setbacks as recent reports have said that overuse or misuse of social media can have a negative impact on self-esteem and mental health, particularly among younger users.
So how and when might social media use be detrimental to our mental well being?
One piece of research posited that tweeting or checking emails may be ‘harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol’. The more social media use becomes an important part of our daily routine, the more we may become too emotionally and psychologically dependent on it.
Asides that, addiction to social media affects our everyday relationships, sleep hygiene, or our performance at work or in our studies.
The Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) Factor
Getting into the habit of checking social media at any available time may lead to us checking on impulse. This can lead to us never really switching off or taking time to relax.
Many social media users today live in the fear of missing out on an update from a friend or celebrity causing them to constantly check their social media platforms at all available given times.
If you are unable to go online, you feel as if something is missing, as if you are outdated and missing the paycheck but check vividly, what good as Social media brought into your life? Truth be told, you are missing nothing.
Comparing Your Life To That Of Others
One thing that makes social media fun is that we get to have a glimpse into the lives of others and keep up to date with them.
However, being in constant contact with the lives of others can lead to critical comparison leading to feelings to insecurity. We forget that most of what we see on social media platforms are carefully selected and filtered content and we aspire to unrealistic expectations.
You are blessed in your own ways but comparing to that of someone else might make you start feeling less of yourself even when many others are praying to be like you.
Sometimes, you even start praying to be like someone else, someone you might even be better than in real life but because they know how to use Social media better than you, you will think their life is better than yours.
One study has suggested that the more frequently you visit social networking sites the more likely you are to feel socially isolated.
However, like many of the studies exploring the effects of social media on mental health, it is difficult to pinpoint causation.
Once you start feeling lonely, please reduce the way you use Social media before it tells badly on your life.
One major headache of social networking is the issue of cyber or online bullying. 70 percent of young people and 40 percent of adults say that they have experienced some form of cyber-bullying.
The Royal Society for Public Health says that victims of bullying are more likely to experience depression, anxiety and even self-harm.
Some people are attacking you on Social media just to light up their own day but can cause serious damage to your own self if you don’t know how to tackle it.
As a Social media user, you must learn how to ignore negative comments else you might get into serious trouble.
Anxiety and Depression
One study has reported that simultaneous use of multiple social networking sites led users to be more likely to report feelings of anxiety or depression.
Those that already have difficulties with anxiety, problems such as body dysphoric disorder and low self-esteem issues may be compounded by social media.’
You will surely start feeling less of yourself when you let the Social media life and affluence of some people affect you. You start feeling less of yourself so badly that you beccome so desperate just to level up.