THE MOST DANGEROUS IMPACTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA HAS A DANGEROUS IMPACT ON PEOPLE. THESE CAN BE:

1. ANXIETY

General anxiety can be provoked by social media, the characteristics of which include: trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, feelings of worry as well as feelings of restlessness. People who use more social media platforms can have huge levels of general anxiety symptoms. Comparing yourself to other people online is a sure shot way to develop anxiety, and social media has made this easier to happen.

However, it is not clear how social media causes this general anxiety. Results have been mixed and more research needs to be conducted on this.

2. DEPRESSION

Some studies have found a connection between depression and social media usage.

Depressive indications, such as blue moods and feelings of uselessness and hopelessness, were linked to the quality of online interactions. There is a threefold risk of depression and anxiety among people who used the most social media platforms. Reasons include cyber-bullying, having a biased view of other people’s lives, and feeling like it is a waste to spend time on social media.

Your mood can be severely affected due to prolonged use of social media. In fact, habitual users are more likely to report poor mental health. One of the main reasons can be the fact that social media shows you the best part of everyone else’s lives, which you compare to the negatives in your own life.

The recommended amount of time you should spend on social networks is around half an hour per day. As with many other potential ills in life, it’s all about moderation.

3. CYBERBULLYING

While bullying is not a new concept, social media and technology have brought bullying to a new level. Bullying would be only possible to do face-to-face long before social media. However, now people easily bully people – anonymously as well as non-anonymously. Cyberbullying can have a deep impact on a person – negatively.

While social media makes it easy to meet new people and make friends, it also allows bullies to tear into others with a tiny effort. Bullies use the anonymity that social networks provide to gain people’s trust and then terrorize them in front of their peers. For example, they might create a fake profile and act kindly to a classmate, then later embarrass them online.

These online attacks often leave dark mental scars and even drive people to suicide in some cases. Since screens hide our faces, you can end up being brutal online without even realizing it.

4. SUICIDE

Social media can have an extremely negative impact on young minds and can drive them to take the worst action – leading them to even end their own life. Enough mental health education should be provided to strictly avoid this.

Suicide rates among teens have been growing rampantly and one of the main reasons can be social media.

5. LONELINESS

those who spend the most time on social media are likely to report experiencing social withdrawal, which can include a lack of a sense of social belonging, engagement with others and fulfilling relationships.

Spending more time on social media could replace face-to-face interaction, and can also make people feel excluded.

People who reduced their regular use of social media, restricting it to 30 minutes a day reached subdued levels of loneliness and felt better.

6. STRESS

People use social media to rant about everything. However, the downside to this is that our feeds often match an infinite stream of stress. Twitter was found to be a “significant contributor” to stress because it increases their awareness of other people’s stress.

7. LOW SELF-ESTEEM

Women’s magazines have usually been the cause of low self-esteem. However, now, social media, with its filters and lighting and ingenious angles, has been taking over as a root cause for low self-esteem.

Social media sites can make more than half of users feel incompetent. Half of the young adults feel unattractive due to social media.

Viewing other people’s selfies reduced people’s self-esteem because users compare themselves to photos of people looking most fortunate. However, it’s not just selfies that have the potential to dent self-esteem. Women who spent more time on social media felt less happy and confident.

THERE ARE THREE SIDES TO SOCIAL MEDIA- GOOD, BAD & UGLY. USING IT WISELY WILL PREVENT THIS UGLY DANGEROUS SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA.