5 Reasons Social Media Negatively Affects Our Mental Health

  1. Studies have shown that 63% of Americans log onto Facebook daily whilst 40% log on multiple times each day. People use the site for several reasons. However, it usually serves, on some level, the same basic purposes: distraction and boredom relief. “Likes” and comments are ways we bring positivity to our lives. The addictive nature of social media causes the human mind to be so heavily preoccupied on very unnecessary things.
  2. How many times have you compared your life to that of someone you have on social media? Social media is a major reason behind insecurity. People tend to look to the life of others as the way we should be living. It often causes us to compare our lives to others, which is an act that tends not have a positive outcome for both parties.
  3. A UK survey results have shown that two-thirds admitted to having difficulty relaxing when unable to use their social media accounts. This ultimately shows that social media causes us to be restless, a major red flag for mental health.
  4. Cyberbullying is a common cause of social media. It is an enormous concern, especially for young teens. An organization that aims for internet safety, named Enough is Enough, conducted a survey that found 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims themselves.
  5. Social media tends to be the cause of our sadness. A study from the University of Michigan collected data about Facebook users and how it correlated with their moods. Results showed that those who spend less time on social media are more happy than those who spend more time.

By Ahmed Akwaa