This article will discuss why social media damages mental health, highlighting the multiple reasons why social media use can negatively affect mental health.
For many people, social media is a vital part of their lives, often helping them to keep up with friends and family.
On the other hand, social media can also be a distraction, in the sense that social media is used to avoid important tasks, such as actual human contact.
Below, I will provide examples of how social media negatively affects mental health, highlighting the damaging effects that social media can have on your mental health.
Social media can reduce depression
There have been a number of studies conducted on the impact social media has on mental health. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, demonstrated the negative impact social media has on mental health.
The study found that participants who self-reported feeling depressed reported a significantly higher amount of usage of social media than non-depressed participants. Furthermore, the amount of time spent on social media was associated with depression.
Although this study focuses specifically on depression, other studies have also demonstrated that social media use can be a sign of depression. For example, a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that children who used social media were more likely to display symptoms of depression.
Another study conducted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, also found that the use of social media was negatively associated with mental health, and that the majority of those who reported depression had used social media.
Another study conducted by York University, indicated that social media negatively impacted mental health, especially among teenagers. The study found that teenagers who used social media more often had a significant decrease in psychological well-being, which was further worsened by increased anxiety.
These studies highlight the negative impact social media can have on mental health, especially for teenagers. Although most people do not agree with the authors of these studies, there is a strong connection between increased usage of social media and increased psychological well-being.
Social media distracts from presenting socially good moments
One of the negative effects of social media, is the need to engage with negative information regarding social issues, such as racism, xenophobia, or other social issues.
In order to engage with such material, social media users are faced with a dilemma: do I engage with social media, which usually includes negative information, or do I engage with social media, which is usually positive?
The need to engage with negative social media content, can further contribute to the problem of people seeking out negative content, rather than seeking out the good.
Social media can decrease psychological well-being
In addition to the increasing negative impact social media can have on mental health, there is another concerning social issue, which is the issue of psychological well-being.
Although most people will accept that social media use negatively affects their mental health, many people may not consider that social media use can have a negative impact on their psychological well-being.
It has been shown that social media use decreases psychological well-being, especially among teenagers.
A study conducted by Stanford University, found that teenagers who used social media more often had a significant decrease in psychological well-being, which was further worsened by increased anxiety.
When comparing the impact of social media on a person’s psychological well-being, researchers found that social media negatively impacted psychological well-being, especially among teenagers.
A study conducted by the American Psychological Association, found that people who post positive content on social media, had more narcissistic tendencies, and demonstrated more negative behavior than those who post negative content on social media.
Even those who post positive content on social media, have a negative impact on their psychological well-being, when compared to those who post positive content on social media and use social media for positive reasons.
In terms of actual negative effects, social media users may experience emotional detachment from others, decreased sense of well-being, and social isolation. Researchers have found that social media use decreases psychological well-being, especially among teenagers.
Increased well-being due to social media
Although the psychological impact of social media may be detrimental, it has a positive impact on some people, and may have a positive impact on some people.
Although there are some negative impacts of social media on mental health, there are benefits that some people may experience from social media.
Although social media usage can negatively impact the psychological well-being of teenagers and adults, there are some benefits people may experience from social media.
For example, recent studies have found that social media can increase feelings of well-being among those who are overweight or obese. It may also enhance feelings of well-being among those who are depressed or those who have chronic pain.
Although this is only an anecdotal example, social media users may experience increased feelings of well-being, due to the positive social interactions which can result from interacting with others, on social media.
Although many people experience negative social media effects, there are a significant number of individuals who report that social media use has had a positive impact on their lives. This positive impact is due to the positive social interactions, which can result from interacting with others, on social media.
Socially interactive content, such as images and videos, can make people more interactive with others, and have a positive impact on psychological well-being. This positive impact is evident in the fact that some parents and professionals, use social media for enhancing parental/child bonding.
The children are allowed, or encouraged, to play with the smart phones and tablets, and interact with the adults, on social media.
This may lead to feelings of social connectedness, which is evident in studies on the relationship between social media and stress.