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Social Media and Mental Health

Did you know your social media habit could be adding to your mental health worries? You probably did, but I'd like to remind you in this post about some of the negative effects of too much scrolling.

Although experts aren’t quite sure whether or not social media causes mental health issues, they do know there’s definitely link between them. Numerous studies have shown that those who use social media do report feeling more anxious, depressed and stressed.

So, how does social media impact our mental health? Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the effects social media could be having on your emotions.

Reducing Self-Esteem

Everyone has insecurities and social media seems to do wonders at preying on them. If you find you often compare yourself, especially aesthetically, to the people you follow, it’s going to have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem.
Comparing ourselves to others never leads to a positive outcome. By seeing how well others are doing and then basing our own self worth on how we compare, it really batters our self-esteem. 

Contributing Towards Anxiety and Depression

Those who use social media frequently have shown to have increased levels of depression and anxiety compared to those who don’t. There’s a number of reasons why this could be.

Although you’re technically interacting with friends and family, social media can leave you feeling isolated.

It’s just not the same as real interaction. So, if most of your human interaction happens via social media, it’s going to leave you feeling depressed.
The fact it’s easy to compare our lives in a negative way to others on social media is another reason it can trigger anxiety and depression.

You’re constantly left in a state of envy, feeling bad about yourself because you just can’t compare. It’s a vicious cycle which really can leave you feeling miserable.

Feeling Disconnected From The World

INTROVERTS UNITE! Right? Well, not really. 

We already touched briefly on the fact that using social media to interact with others can lead to depression. However, it can also have a much deeper impact on your well being.

When all you do is interact digitally, it can leave you feeling totally disconnected from the real world. Your social skills could start dwindling, you’ll feel lonely and isolated. Humans need human interaction. Without it, our lives can feel a lot lonelier.

These are just some of the ways social media impacts our mental health. While it can definitely prove useful when used sparingly, too much social media use is guaranteed to start having negative effects on the mind.

So, if you’re a self-confessed social media junkie, now’s definitely the time to consider quitting your addiction. 

Brittany Washburn
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