Unpleasant effects of social media

As discussed earlier, there are dangerous as well as harmful effects of social media. While these are extremely bad, there can be not-so-good experiences on social media which might not be harmful but can affect your mood and lifestyle adversely, not now, but in the long term.


A significant amount of people feel that social media made them feel negative emotions including frustration – and jealousy was the chief cause of that(according to various studies). This feeling is usually triggered by comparing people’s lives to others. Feeling jealous has caused an “envy spiral”, where people react to jealousy by adding to their profiles similar content that made them envious in the first place.


People can have a low mood just by spending a very short time on social media. People can feel this way because they see it as a loss of time.
According to researchers from the University of California, a good/bad mood may also spread between people on social media.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a phenom that was produced about the same time as the growth of social media. It is one of the most popular negative effects of social media on society.
FOMO is a form of anxiety that you FEEL when you’re worried about missing out on a great experience that someone else is experiencing. For eg, you might continually check your messages to see if anyone has invited you out, or concentrate on your Instagram all day to make sure that no one is doing anything cool without you.
This panic receives consistent fuel from what you see on social media. With increased social media use, there’s a greater occasion for you to see if someone is having more fun than you are right now. And that causes Fear Of Missing Out.

Unrealistic Expectations

Social media forms an unrealistic expectation from life and friendship in our minds.
Most of the social media networks have a sharp lack of online authenticity. People use Social Media to share their interesting experiences, how much they love their significant other, and load up heavily staged photos.

But in fact, you have no way of understanding whether this is all a sham. While it looks great on the outside, that person could be in heavy debt, on poor terms with their significant other, and desperate for Instagram likes as a form of validation.

Negative Body Image

Speaking of Instagram celebrities, if you look at popular Instagram accounts, you’ll find unbelievably beautiful people wearing expensive clothes on their perfectly shaped bodies.
Today, body image is an issue for everyone. Of course, seeing so many supposedly perfect people (according to society’s standards) daily makes you conscious about how different you look from those pictures. And not everyone comes to healthy conclusions in this situation.
It’s really important to remember that everybody is human. No one wakes up every day looking like a supermodel, and while many people have gone to great lengths to train their bodies, that’s not the case for everyone who looks fit. In search of social media fame, many people have definitely taken unhealthy routes to appear more attractive.
Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are, and you won’t have to stress about Instagram beauty.


The more time people spend on social media, the worse they feel later on, and the more their life fulfillment declined over time.

Social media’s effects on well-being are ambiguous, Social media, however, has a more negative effect on the well-being of those who are more socially withdrawn.

It may make you worse at multitasking

Continually checking your e-mail on your phone, changing over to Instagram to scroll for a bit, and then opening Facebook to share what you’re doing might drive you to think that you are a great multitasker. However, In real life, handling various accounts and rearranging your attention so often and swiftly worsens your capacity to focus on multiple activities.

People who multitask heavily on social media do not perform as well as more moderate social media multitaskers in a variety of cognitive areas. The most significant issues seem to be with tasks that ask for sustained goal-oriented mindfulness. Disabling notifications can reduce the temptation to keep checking social media.