Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hangouts – the list of social media networks is quite a long one. In fact, an infinite one! There is a new one popping its head out every other day. The ever-growing pace of these networks have built a curiosity among the society of psychologist. And, now there exists numerous studies that look into the way social media impacts your mental health.
While I do agree that social media helps you connect with the rest of the world and offers you an opportunity to develop your career, its darker side goes beyond your imagination. It has made life pretty complicated. It has shattered relationships. There is an alarming increase in the rate of mental health hazards that have been caused due to social media.
The American Academy of Pediatrics have even christened the condition as “Social Media Depression”. According to them, it is a condition that triggers depression and low self-esteem that eventually ups the risk of various mental health conditions. Now that you have landed on this page, take a few moments to read, think, and reflect on what has been written here.
The Dark Side of Social Media
1. It Is Addictive!
Have you ever noticed the number of times you log on to your social media accounts daily? How many times do you check your What’s App or Telegram or Twitter? Well, studies suggest that more than 40% of the people across the world log on to their social media profiles multiple times a day. You are so addicted to it that you cannot stop yourself without commenting or liking something.
2. You Live In A Comparative World!
“I bought this for Christmas” or “My husband gifted me this beautiful diamond set for my birthday”. And, there you go! You will start comparing yourself with your ‘friend’. Constant checking and usage of social media trigger this negative behavior. In a study conducted in 2012 in the UK, it was found out that more than 51% of the people showcased this comparative behavior. This unfair comparisons soon lead to unpleasant situations in life.
3. You Become Stressed!
The more the time you spend on social media, the more restless you will experience. Or that is what studies have to tell you. According to a particular study, more than 70% of the people find themselves under tremendous stress if they cannot access their social media profiles.
4. Causes Intense Mood Swings!
According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, people who had a more active social media life were unhappier than those who used less social media. The more avid the users were, the higher their levels of dissatisfaction were.
5. Hampers With Your Productivity
You are easily distracted when you are addicted to social media. Your attention is diverted and slowly, it eats away your productivity. Since your brain finds it difficult to multitask, you slowly compromise on your quality and accuracy of your work at risk. This, in turn, drains your productivity.
6. Instills A Fear of Missing Out
Social media has become a platform where everyone shares each and every moment of their lives. And, when you also become a social media addict, you will experience the unwanted pressure of updating your life moments. It instills a fear of being left out of the social media especially when your connections ask you about the same.
7. Real Life Seems Unreal
You are distracted from your real life. Things that were prominent for you once in your life now take a backseat. You will be more interested in knowing what your friend wore for her last date rather than remembering your mom’s or dad’s birthday. Real life becomes virtual and vice versa.
8. Upsets Your Self-Esteem And Self-Confidence
Promotions, love lives, marriages, and fortunes – these updates are there every time you login. And, if you are facing a challenging time in your life, your self-esteem and self-confidence levels are hugely affected. You might even term yourself to be unworthy. Slowly, these feels creep deeply into your sub-conscious mind, leading to depression.
Believe it or not, social media has a huge impact on your life. Limit its use; it is good to stay connected, but it is better to learn how to stay within the limits. So be careful and protect your life and family!