It should be no secret that human beings are social creatures. From the beginning of existence, we have lived in tribes and had designated roles in our communities. Social isolation was a punishment reserved for only the most heinous acts, and an emphasis has long been placed on being neighborly and helpful to your community. In this digital era, social media and mental health are directly related and are impacting people on a larger scale.
It’s important to remember that while social media and the internet can be useful tools to stay connected, they can never truly replace actual human interaction.1
At first glance, these all seem like positive things, and they can be in moderation. When a person solely uses social media sites to meet and interact with new people, recent studies have shown that excessive usage leads to feelings of loneliness and depression.2
A positive effect of social media is that social media has been an invaluable tool for staying connected to friends and family members during the pandemic. Without the prevalence of social media, many people would have faced complete isolation, and mental health conditions would likely have skyrocketed even further than they did.
In many ways, this is very similar to drug use in that once a person begins using social media regularly, they become addicted to it. This manifests as frequently checking statuses at all hours of the day, obsessively checking to see if posts have gained reactions, and being reluctant to stop using social media sites. This practice may cause you to undergo addiction treatment.
Social media can also provide a more comfortable outlet for people who have social anxiety and aren’t comfortable speaking to people in public. In many cases, a chat forum or comment section can enable people to be more confident in their words because they can think about what they’re going to say before replying and perfect their statement before posting it.
Social media, when used properly, can help people of all ages communicate and stay connected with their friends and family around the world. It can also help people find new friends, hobbies, and interests, and can help people learn about other parts of the world.
There are just as many social media problems for as many benefits as social media offers us. One of the biggest concerns with social media is the presence of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can cause long-lasting emotional and mental scars, particularly in young children, leading to mental health conditions later in life.
These filters cause people to feel inadequate or look better if some fundamental part is changed. This can also lead to self-absorption and obsession as people take selfies repeatedly until they capture one that they believe is perfect.
Finally, there are certain signs of depression and anxiety that may be associated with social media use that you should watch for, including:
Too much of anything, however, can be bad and can lead to negative consequences and experiences. In such case, there are some addiction counseling available to get rid of the habit of using Social Media.
Social media has become an unhealthy coping mechanism for the realities of life. In turn, it’s hindering our ability to understand how to handle and heal from trauma properly. Iris Healing® has effective TMS for Depression Treatment to offer.
While no studies directly state that social media causes mental illness, there remains a significant correlation between social media and mental health. It’s essential to use social media in moderation and watch for any signs of depression that overuse may present.
Unfortunately, this constant social media use becomes addicting and can cause the formation of addictive behaviors. This is caused mainly by the instant and repetitive surges of dopamine that flood through a person’s brain when interacting with others on social media.
As stated above, it’s difficult not to compare yourself to your peers regularly when you’re privy to what seems like every aspect of their lives on social media. This constant comparison game takes a toll on your mental health and can rapidly lead to feelings of jealousy, inadequacy, and a lack of self-satisfaction.
With the prevalence of social media, people no longer utilize the downtime to rest, relax, and self-reflect. Rather than focusing on healthy development and soul-searching, we increasingly search for ways to effectively “shut our brains off” for a while.