As social media becomes more and more a part of our lives, it’s easy to find ourselves using it to connect throughout the day. Everyone in the family likely has some form of social media. From a YouTube kids account for your little one, to a Twitter account for the grandparents, it’s more common than you may think.
Social media has become a common way to stay tuned in to the world around us. While there are plenty of positive impacts from social media, for example being more connected globally, overuse can have its consequences. Not only can social media leave you feeling unhappy, but often less disconnected from the real world.
While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated.
Here some of the most common ways that too much social media is negatively impacting your mental health.
We live in the age of filtered photos and photo shopped bodies. It’s easy to admire your favorite celebrity’s features and compare them to your own.
Scrolling through accounts all day of people who make us feel lesser than them isn’t good for your well-being. While admiration is one thing, envy and jealousy is a disease.
Try as we may to deny it, the amount of likes we get on a photo affects our perception of its quality. When people start allowing the number of likes and followers they have to determine their self-worth, things get dangerous.
Lack Of Connection
Even though social media provides a platform to stay more connected with each other, it can also draw us further apart. When we text someone or send an instant message instead of talking face to face, something gets lost in the human experience.
It’s important to interact on an intimate level every now and then. When your only contact with the world is on a screen, you start to feel lonely.
Do you even know your friends’ birthdays or do you depend on Facebook to tell you? Do you remember what you did for Christmas last year or do you need to refer to your online photo albums?
Social media can start to distort our ability to remember things without turning online for help.
Shorter Attention Span
Constant scrolling and clicking through your feed can leave you with a much shorter attention span. In fact, the average person waits about 2 seconds into a video to determine whether they like it or not before they scroll past.
By trying to moderate your time online and finding a healthy balance, you and your family can avoid the negative impacts of too much social media.