Social Media and Depression – Is There A Link?
Most people today begin and end their days by looking into their phones. Whether its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform, chances are that you devote a lot of time to browsing through other people’s lives and comparing them to yours. Social media platforms are a great way to keep in touch with people but they can have a negative effect on you as well. Social media is slowly becoming a common reason for depression.
It is a millennial thing. 94% of teens across the world actively use social media. The overuse of social media can be addictive to young people. Also by using social media can cause a lack of sleep, low self-esteem, and poor mental growth all of which contribute to depression, anxiety, and stress. The social media adversely affects one’s mental well-being and causes depression and anxiety.
Overstimulation is where we are constantly flooded with information. At times, this can get too much too handle. For people with existing anxiety issues, this could aggravate the problem and make the day more stressful than it already is.
Negativity is also a majority of the social media posts on your timeline are negative rants against various people and institutions, news about sad events and agenda-driven monologues. This negativity spreads easily and can easily influence your life and make you see things in a negative way.
Some experts see the rise in depression as evidence that the connections social media users form electronically are less emotionally satisfying, leaving them feeling socially isolated.
Health issues are our mental and physical health is interlinked. Thus, if you are physically unwell, you will feel mentally low as well. Peering into a phone and laptop screen constantly can give rise to a number of health issues such as deteriorating eyesight, neck pain, stress, and headaches. In turn, this can make you feel frustrated and low.
The less you are connected with human beings the less you’re really getting the benefits of a social interaction. One exception to the depression is girls who are high users of social media but also keep up a high level of face-to-face social interaction. The study showed that those girls who interact intensely offline as well as through social media don’t show the increase in depressive symptoms that those who interact less in person do.
People are increasingly opinionated about the potential problems of social media. Things like cyberbullying, screen addiction, and being exposed to endless filtered images that make it impossible not to make comparisons between yourself and others often make the news.