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8 Ways Social Media Negatively Affects Mental Health
Health & Fitness
1. Productivity Drain You have to admit it; while social media might help us connect more easily throughout a day it also diverts our attention and hampers productivity making you more tired
2. Distracts from Real Life
Social media focuses on rather trivial things—such as what your buddy ate last night for dinner or your sister’s cat in a dress. Sure, it’s amusing stuff, but it’s not life-changing. Few are the true momentous events, like the engagements, births, and graduations.
3. Creates Social Phobias Liking a friend’s status update on Facebook is not the same as picking up the phone, or better, going for a coffee, to catch up on her life. However, after connecting and wishing “happy birthday” to 40 or more “friends” on Facebook you can feel pretty drained and hesitant.
4. Creates Feelings of Inadequacy You log on to Facebook and in one sitting, you can hear about a dozen promotions, births, marriages, and lottery winnings within seconds. It’s enough good news to have you constantly measuring yourself against it and feeling inadequate because of it
5. Fosters Fears of Missing Out And it’s an actual phenomenon named Fear of Missing Out (or FOMO), which keeps you glued to social networks for fear of missing out on something important—such as a birthday party, social outing, or concert that you just can’t miss!
6. Promotes Inactivity
If you spend all of your free time on social networks, not only will you be unproductive, you’ll be inactive as well. That’s why it’s important for your body and mind to break away from your social networks to get some physical exercise. This increase of endorphins
7. Makes Us Unable to Be Alone
In your world of social networks there’s always someone to complain too, seek solace with, or gain empathy from when you’ve had a bad day. When you’re always surrounded by friends online; it’s difficult to be truly alone without them. Many are addicted
8. Exacerbates Unhappiness
We’ve established that the act of using social media can stir up many emotions, and using it too excessively can create a detachment from real life. Whether those prone to depression are drawn to social media or vice versa, numerous medical studies indicate