8 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Mental Health


8 Ways Social Media Can Ruin Your Mental Health

Social media is a double-edged sword and its concerning that most people don’t bother to pay attention to the other side of the blade – the one that’s lethally sharper. What do you get from social media, basically? It’s great that social awareness about significant matters is raised through various social media channels. But at the same time you’re also bombarded with things that make you question your life, raising a feeling of discontent and making you feel a failure because your achievements are not as impressive as your friend’s.

preview-full-shutterstock_172601036As you suck in news of promotions, vacations, engagements, home renovations, you’re also sucked into a whirlpool of jealousy and competitiveness that you eventually fall victim to depression without even realizing it. Whether you intend to or not, you compare your life with the lives of those close to you.

You even envy the lives of others who, basically, are strangers. Most people naturally do so, sometimes, unconsciously, but with Facebook and Instagram; this habit to compare is highlighted. It’s even given its own stage. And this cycle of comparison simply doesn’t end. It’s as perennial as man’s wants.

You’re also offered a glimpse of the lives of those you barely know, people you haven’t even interacted with. It’s a process of never-ending information that eventually paralyzes you with multiple emotions. In the end, it all becomes unhealthy because you’re unable to manage how you react to certain information.

Brought by the world we live in, there’s now social media depression. This refers to the psychological impact that social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram brings by creating depression and self-esteem issues. Here are 8 signs you’re going towards social media depression:

1. Your productivity is screwed

Social media is a huge distraction that makes it harder for people to focus on their tasks and get things done. Basically, it’s hard for the brain to concentrate on more than one activity at a time. This means that watching videos online while working isn’t going to go well without sacrificing the quality of the tasks you’re supposed to do. As this happens, your overall productive is screwed.

2. Keeps you away from your real life

Being glued to Facebook for gossips and entertainment isn’t very much life-changing, but you do it anyway because you’re hooked. In the process, you’re distracted from living life the way it’s supposed to be lived because you’re busy getting amused with where people went for vacations and what costumes your “friends” wore for the Halloween party.

3. Makes physical interactions less likely

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People connect through “likes” and messages on social media sites. As this process of virtual friendships continue, it becomes tougher to actually meet friends and catch up for real. We’ve become accustomed to connecting with our friends through social media that meeting in real life becomes a challenge when it shouldn’t be. This is unfortunate since physical interactions with friends can positively change the brain chemistry.

4. Makes you feel lacking

Feeling good about yourself and what you have is hard enough. Imagine if you’re bombarded with news of job promotions, engagements, luxurious cruises, and so on. Despite knowing that people often exaggerate things because they only share ideal representations of themselves, it still gets you feeling inadequate.

5. FOMO

Fear of Missing Out is a phenomenon that keeps you glued to your device for fear of missing out on something substantial like a birthday party or a concert because having to miss these will feel so terrible. Because not being included in the group photos during an important event is the worst thing ever.

6. Leads to inactivity

Spending your free time on social media will not only waste your time, it’ll also influence you to be dormant in general, with the exception of your eyes and hands, of course. For apparent reasons, this isn’t good. Physical inactiveness causes health problems. It even causes depression and anxiety. It is important for the mind and body to escape from the reins of Twitter or Facebook. Get moving instead with some exercises to increase the release of endorphins in the brain, as well as blood flow the brain for overall physical and mental health.

7. Makes it harder to enjoy one’s own company

With social media, even without physically interacting, you always have someone to talk with. Eventually this makes it hard to become independent. You’d always seek for someone to listen to your rants about something. And while this need to share your outbursts to someone is quite normal, it ultimately teaches you to be totally dependent that you’re not able to enjoy a moment of silence for yourself because you’ve been used to chatting up with someone all the time.

8. Aggravates negative feelings

Social media has the power to stir up emotions, especially your negative ones, and using it more often than you’re willing to admit can lead to a detachment from reality. Several studies hint that social media may worsen major emotions, such as depression, sadness, and discontent. The accumulation of these bad feelings eventually turns to something more serious that threaten one’s mental health.