Social media gives the public a new and vibrant view of the world. It is an innovative way to see glimpses into people’s lives and explore new lifestyles. Although this can be very entertaining and fun, it can also have negative effects on a person’s mental health. The more social media takes hold in our lives, the greater the effects have become.
The photos and videos on social media have a tendency to not show the whole truth. There are apps to make people look better to create a more appealing photo. This unrealistic image can have a major effect on a person’s insecurities. Not just the viewer of the photo, but also the for the person in the picture. They wonder why they can’t look like their photoshopped self and begin to feel insecure about what they really look like.
Fear of Missing Out
The ‘fear of missing out” has become a very popular term on social media. Often times, we see people living extravagant lives and having experiences we may never get to try. This can oftentimes make someone feel as though their life is not good enough and that they are missing out on amazing opportunities. This envy can easily lead down a road to depression and feeling very unsatisfied with their own limited experiences.
The Loss of Connection
Another major issue with social media is losing a real human connection. People become obsessed and addicted to their smartphones and social media, making it difficult to connect and communicate with others. It becomes all too easy for a person to get acquainted with friends’ digital facades rather than their real-life personas. This loss of connection can have negative effects on mental health, leading more people to feel lonely and anxious.
Phone addiction has become an issue with people of all ages. It is a constant distraction that we never want to put down, even when it’s time for bed. Instead of getting enough sleep, people will spend hours scrolling through social media. Sleep deprivation can lead to serious depression and anxiety, but people still choose social media over resting for a full eight hours. Even the light from smartphones and other mobile devices can suppress the release of melatonin and leave us feeling restless.