Social media and mental health.

As a global population we are more connected than we have ever been, this is due to the rise of social media. The average Brit checks their phone up to 28 times per day, this increasing reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. The perfectly filtered photos appearing on Instagram are sure to have an effect on some people’s self-esteem and constantly checking your social media before bed could contribute towards poor quality of sleep.

Social media could be negatively affecting your mental health without you even realising it!

For example:

Your self-esteem:

We all have have our own insecurities, some that we speak about and one that we don’t. However, comparing yourself to others on social media by obsessing over their perfect Instagram photos, which more often than not are heavily filtered will do little to dissipate your feelings of self-doubt.Being more aware of the amount of time you spend looking through other people’s online profiles could help you focus more on yourself and boost your self-confidence.

Human connections:

As humans, it is so important for us to be able to communicate and forge personal connections with one another. However, this can be incredibly hard to do when we’re glued to our screens a lot of the time, becoming ever more acquainted with our friends’ digital facades than their real-life personas.

Your memory:

Social media can be fantastic for looking back fondly on memories, but it can also distort the way in which you remember certain details from your life. Many of us spend far too much time trying to capture the “perfect photo” that we are not witnessing our experience firsthand with our own eyes.

Your sleep:

Getting enough sleep is incredibly important.

Many of us though, use our phones just before choosing to sleep, making it harder to doze off. Having the screen just inches from your face means that the light which is emitted from it can delay the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps us to feel tired.

Your attention span:

I agree it’s incredible to consider the amount of information readily available at our fingertips thanks to social media, however it also means that people have become far more easily distracted. 

Your mental health:

Social media been proven to cause unhappiness, it can also lead to the development of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression when used too much or without caution.

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