Have you ever wondered IF and HOW Social Media is affecting your mental health? If so, read on!
I would argue that Social Media absolutely affects our mental health in many ways. In my work, I see it affecting my clients extremely negatively.
One of the major ways I see it affecting my clients and everyone around me is the tendency to compare ourselves to one another. The thing with Social Media is that everyone posts what they want you to see which is usually the best of their best. Meanwhile, we tend to be our own worst critics. Therefore, we are comparing what we perceive to be our worst (appearances, social life, relationships, etc) to another person’s best, and what they want you to believe is their normal. Chances are that you see their “best” and assume this is the norm in their life. They are always happy in their relationships, always at social events, have the greatest body, etc etc.
This leads to some very negative self-image and insecurity about one’s own life. Why weren’t you invited to a party this weekend? How come she can be in a bathing suit and look great? How come she just looks so effortlessly gorgeous? And then we conveniently don’t take into account how that girl probably took 50 selfie shots and used filters to get her looking so “effortlessly gorgeous.”
I’m not sure about you, but sounds like a lot of effort to me and I’m tired just thinking about it!
I, personally, rid myself of all personal Social Media accounts a few years back. I can say from personal experience that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for so many reasons. There is much research to support that getting rid of Social Media can have a huge positive impact on a person’s mental health, usually resulting in greater happiness. I can personally attest to this and I am confident that the people around me would also benefit greatly from no more Social Media.
I understand that not everyone is able/willing to rid themselves of Social Media entirely, but I would suggest taking some time for a Social Media detox. See how you feel and you may gain some insight into how Social Media is impacting you and your life.
Here’s more on why and how to take a Social Media detox!
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