In the world we live in people are spending more time on social media than ever before. As of 2020 half of the world’s population are active social media users. Because of this medical professionals are looking into the negative effects that social media can have on your mental health.
Why is it hard to resist using social media?:
It’s human nature to seek approval and social interaction from others. It has been this way since the beginning of time. In the past people lived in more tight knit communities and had more shared time together. However now people live at much larger distances and spend less time face to face. Because of this we find most of our interaction coming from social media and the internet. This need is ingrained in our DNA so it keeps us sucked into our phone screens.
Social media and negative health effects:
Because connection is easier than ever people have become addicted to social media and their devices. With notifications constantly going off on your phone you may have found it hard to concentrate on other tasks. This is why it can be beneficial to put your phone in another room while you are working. The need to look at every notification on your phone can be seen as an addiction.
Another mental illness that can be caused from social media is depression. It has been found that the flood of dopamine that we receive from looking at social media can cause a shift in our reward system from other things in life. You may not feel as much joy experiencing things because of the amount of time you spend on social media. Depression has also been linked to comparing your life to someone else’s which social media tends to link itself too.
Social media isn’t all bad. It has created a world where we can connect in new and exciting ways which brings us closer as humans. However, you have to be careful and aware of the role it plays in your life. Limit yourself to an hour of social media a day and make sure to take time to do things for your own health.