- 1 How social media affects mental health?
- 2 How does social media affect mental health in youth?
- 3 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 4 How do you not let social media affect your mental health?
- 5 Does social media have a negative impact on youth?
- 6 Is social media good or bad for students?
- 7 What percentage of teens have depression?
- 8 Why social media is bad for your mental health?
- 9 What are the disadvantages of mental health?
- 10 What are the cons of social media?
- 11 How do I stop social media anxiety?
- 12 How do you balance social media and mental health?
- 13 What percent of depression is caused by social media?
However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. Social media may promote negative experiences such as: Inadequacy about your life or appearance.
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.
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.
There are a few steps that you can take to help distance you from the negative impact of social media.
- Spend Less Time Online. This is easier said than done when picking up your phone is second nature.
- Use Social Media Intentionally.
- Connect More With Friends Offline.
- Practice Mindfulness.
- Encourage Communication.
Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use and depression, anxiety, sleep problems, eating concerns, and suicide risk.
Social Media has many positive effects on education including better communication, timely information, socializing online, learning, enhancing skills, making a career among others. But the same has some negative effects which include identity theft, cyber bullying, and social isolation.
What percentage of teens have depression?
About 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. Between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time. Only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for it.
When people look online and see they’re excluded from an activity, it can affect thoughts and feelings, and can affect them physically. A 2018 British study tied social media use to decreased, disrupted, and delayed sleep, which is associated with depression, memory loss, and poor academic performance.
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.
10 Disadvantages of Social Networking
- Lacks Emotional Connection.
- Gives People a License to be Hurtful.
- Decreases Face-to-Face Communication Skills.
- Conveys Inauthentic Expression of Feelings.
- Diminishes Understanding and Thoughtfulness.
- Causes Face-to-Face Interactions to Feel Disconnected.
- Facilitates Laziness.
What to do
- Remember that your social media post is just one of many. Some aspects of communication are distinctive online, and this might increase social anxiety.
- Switch your focus of attention.
- Don’t compare yourself with others.
- Participate more, without overthinking.
5 tips to balance social media and mental health
- Limit your posts. Even if you accomplish 100 amazing things today, you probably shouldn’t post 100 times.
- Be compassionate.
- Take a break.
- Be proud but don’t “smoast”
- Find inspiration you can use IRL (in real life)
In several recent studies, teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 percent ) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time.