- 1 How social media affects mental health statistics?
- 2 How social media is destroying mental health?
- 3 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 4 How social media affects your brain?
- 5 How social media is destroying your life?
- 6 Why social media is destroying your life?
- 7 How does social media affect the mental health of college or high school students?
- 8 What are the top 5 downsides of social media to your mental health?
- 9 What are the disadvantages of mental health?
- 10 How does social media affect mental health in youth?
- 11 What are 3 risks of social media?
- 12 What are the effects of social media addiction?
- 13 Why do people post everything on social media?
Spending more than 3 hours on social media per day puts adolescents at a higher risk for mental health problems. 13% of kids ages 12-17 report depression and 32% report anxiety. 25% of 18 to 25-year-olds report mental illness. These age groups report high usage of social media.
When people use social media, dopamine is released from the reward center in people’s brains. This makes social media platforms addictive, which leads to serious depressive disorders such as anxiety and depression. “There are definitely more negative impacts than positive impacts.
Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health
- Pro – Increases communication and raising awareness.
- Con – Promotion of fake news.
- Pro – Can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- Con – Can also increase feelings of loneliness.
- Pro – Normalises help seeking behaviour.
- Con – Can promote anti-social behaviour.
Social media has the ability to both capture and scatter your attention. Not only does this lead to poorer cognitive performance, but it shrinks parts of the brain associated with maintaining attention.
There’s bad news for those self-proclaimed social media “addicts”: multiple studies from the last year show that too much time spent on your favorite platforms can make you depressed and less satisfied with life. It starts early, too; even young teens report negative effects from social media obsession.
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There is a positive correlation between feeling anxious and serious active on SNS than in real life. This study concludes that more usage of social media, number of SNS and too much of time spent on social networking sites is affecting the student’s mental health such as depression and anxiety.
Social media may promote negative experiences such as:
- Inadequacy about your life or appearance.
- Fear of missing out (FOMO).
- Depression and anxiety.
- A fear of missing out (FOMO) can keep you returning to social media over and over again.
What are the disadvantages of mental health?
- Unhappiness and decreased enjoyment of life.
- Family conflicts.
- Relationship difficulties.
- Social isolation.
- Problems with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
- Missed work or school, or other problems related to work or school.
- Legal and financial problems.
- Poverty and homelessness.
The participants who spent the most time on social media had 2.6 times the risk. Results from a separate study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed that the more time young adults spent on social media, the more likely they were to have problems sleeping and report symptoms of depression.
The risks you need to be aware of are:
- cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
- invasion of privacy.
- identity theft.
- your child seeing offensive images and messages.
- the presence of strangers who may be there to ‘groom’ other members.
Excessive social media use can not only cause unhappiness and a general dissatisfaction with life in users but also increase the risk of developing mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
One reason people post on social media, according to an article in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, is because social media sharing can link to positive social media feedback and self-esteem. More directly, the quest for likes or follows on social media heavily influences why people post.