Social media allows us to connect with friends across the country and around the world. From sharing funny cat videos to political views, social media gives us a way to tune in to what is happening around us. Does social media effect your mental health? Find out below. If you need a highly qualified therapist in Raleigh, NC, please call Legacy Freedom for help.
Yes, according to a study published by the UK's Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). The study surveyed young people, ages 14 to 24, about anxiety, body image, and depression and how social media impacts their health and self-esteem.
With more than 700 million users around the world, Instagram has been ranked number one for having the most negative impact on its users. Because the app is primarily image based, users can upload whatever photos they choose. Many young women are uploading altered or photoshopped pictures that portray 'perfect' bodies, hair and makeup. This strikes a chord with the young women who look at these users and experience an increase in anxiety and a decrease in self-esteem. This can even lead to depression. In order to overcome this problem, RSPH wants to force Instagram and other social media platforms to post a notification on images that have been altered through Photoshop or the use of filters.
Facebook and Twitter are a breeding ground for depression and jealousy according to a new study by Scope, a UK disability charity. Users on these platforms reported feelings of jealousy and inadequacy when it came to comparing themselves to other users and friends. The feelings of depression come from the constant stream of cute selfies, happy babies and cuddling couples. In younger generations, children are now experiencing what experts have coined as "Facebook depression". This generation is also seeing an increase in cyber bullying.
Studies, in general, have found that the more someone uses social media, the less likely they are to report that they are happy or that they feel fulfilled in their lives. Heavy users of social media have become dependent on their digital interactions and allowed their actual real world contact with friends and family to fall by the wayside. There is less need to meet and catch up because everything is online and in the palm of their hand. As a result, people are reporting greater feelings of perceived social isolation and greater feelings of jealousy.
Addiction to social media does exist, and those who are addicted have become so tied to their digital devices that they report feeling intense feelings of anxiety or experiencing panic attacks when they are separated from their phone or other electronics. Researchers also found that heavy social media users experienced feelings of withdrawal when they stopped using social media or the internet. What does all this mean?
While social media isn't entirely bad, experts agree that limiting your time on social media is better for your mental health and your overall well-being. Connecting with people face to face helps curb feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Putting down your phone and going for coffee can do more for your well-being and mental health than inspirational stories and keeping up with your best friend from third grade.
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Have you found yourself struggling with anxiety or depression as a result of social media? Can't shake the feeling of general unhappiness in your life? Legacy Freedom of Raleigh can help. Utilizing a holistic approach to mental health allows us to focus on getting the root of your anxiety or depression and teach you ways to confront your underlying feelings. Overcoming these feelings and triggers by using traditional talk therapy and alternative therapies like acupuncture or inner child therapy can help you learn to relax and enjoy the funny cat videos without feeling bad about yourself.
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