Did you know that Teenagers’ most popular online activity is social media usage? It was reported that teenagers spend up to 18 hours per week online, well above the average of 10 hours per week. 91% of them aged between 15—19 years old. Social media has become a new way of staying connected with friends and family, sharing photos and videos, and updating about our whereabouts and interests. Social media is all this and much more. However, with the popularity of various platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc., there are several concerns about their impact on users’ mental health. Social media is a broad term for websites or apps focusing on user-generated content. It’ll be easier to understand if we simplify it into two categories: Pro-social media (beneficial for your mental health) and Problematic use of social media (not so good for your mental health).
Let’s start off with the positive use of Social media for mental health Social media can help you get in touch with old friends and make new friends, which has been known to improve your mental health. If you have anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness, you can use social media to talk with people who are going through the same thing. If you have something specific you’re looking for, like a support group in your area, you can also search online and find what you’re looking for. Social media can also help you find a romantic partner and make new romantic connections, improving your mental health. If you have anxiety, depression, or another mental illness, social media can also be used to find and talk to potential romantic partners.
Let’s move on to the negative impact of social media on mental health. A large number of people feel that social media is addictive. They feel anxious when they are not using social media and need to return to it as soon as possible after using it. Many people report having cravings to use social media, and many people feel like they can’t control how much time they spend using it. This can be a sign of problematic social media use. If you feel anxious when you are not using social media, or if you feel like you need to spend more and more time on social media, it’s possible that you are using it in a problematic way. If you have these feelings, it’s essential to talk to a friend or family member and figure out if there’s a problem.
Smartphones, Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media technology help you stay connected, but what if you find yourself becoming consumed by social media?
Hear what Dr. Khurram Sadiq, a 4-time TEDx Speaker, Neurodevelopmental Psychiatrist, Social Media, Gaming, and Mental Health Expert, says about the adverse effects of social media on mental health on The Pulse Podcast.
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Social media is extremely popular and can be helpful in many ways. However, it can also lead to mental health issues if it’s used in a problematic way. It’s essential to be mindful of your use, avoid comparing yourself and your life to others, and be careful not to let social media negatively impact your life. If you want to use social media, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to and that you don’t have to use it the way other people use it. For expert advice, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org