Being updated with social media is fun but it can be harmful to your Mental Health.
Here are 8 ways social media is affecting your well-being, and what you can do about it.
- You experience FOMO: “Fear of missing out”, can be exacerbated by social media. Always be aware that social media often doesn’t reflect reality.
- You’re feeling Isolated: As per a recent study, the more you are on social media, the more likely you are to feel socially isolated. To reconnect explore new hobbies or try to spend more time with your friends.
- You often compare yourself to others: Continually comparing your life with others’ lives can make you unhappy. Don’t forget that social media is like a performance, not real life and try to keep your focus on Self-Care.
- You post your every move: Spending a lot of time on social media can lead to symptoms of depression. Instead, of registering every moment, enjoy being present and have fun making memories.
- You have headline disorder: “Headline Stress disorder” is the anxiety people feel when reading the news. As per the Pew Research Center, 68 % of Americans read the news on social media. To distance yourself from 24/7 News cycle, try turning off your notifications.
- You follow too many people: When you feed feels overwhelming, try trimming the number of accounts you follow. Remove the people you don’t interact with much.
- You are obsessed with likes: Bothering about the number of likes you get can worsen your anxiety. Take social media as more of a scrapbook for loved ones rather than a popularity contest.
- You spend more time on social media than you do with real people: A recent study says that over half of 13 to 17-year-olds ignored people they were within favor of social media.