Is Social Media Making Us Sick?
In several countries, there are growing concerns on the effects of social media to mental health and self-esteem since people are spending more time there.
Many raised mental health repercussions from social media such as:
- Spending more time on social media than physical relational interactions
- Effects of counting likes
- Promotes social comparison
- Online bullying
You may have first hand experience and probably know people who to spend long hours on social media, posting and comparing with a plethora of people who are evidently better-looking, more successful, and more glamorous than them.
As a result, people (especially the young) can be left feeling inadequate and unworthy.
A research on teenagers reported that social media:
- makes them feel closer to friends (78%)
- more informed (49%)
- connected to family (42%)
- feeling pressure to always show the best versions of themselves (15%)
- overloaded with information (10%)
- overwhelmed (9%)
- "fear of missing out" (9%)
All these positive and negative reactions does create additional mental stress to individuals as they switch back and forth between these experiences throughout the day.
Instagram is running trials in some countries to remove "Likes."
What will be the "Next Normal" for social media?
Will "comments" replace "likes?"
Do you agree that Social Media is creating mental health challenges for us?
As affiliate marketers we get traffic from social media, therefore we are stakeholders too and it makes sense to understand this medium better.
"Humans are lamentably insecure creatures, and often they pick up their modern devices to alleviate that insecurity, in a subconscious attempt to receive some thrill and reward. And the longer we keep on practicing such habit, the more hooked we get to our devices, often to the point of losing our mental stability. So, devices that were mainly invented as means of communication have become weapons of mental devastation."
- Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology
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Stay safe and take care,