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Are Your Social Media Habits Making You Depressed?

Are Your Social Media Habits Making You Depressed?

Social media is one of the greatest conflicts of our time. A revolutionary platform development has brought living in the modern world to new dimensions. Logins, accounts, marketing, sales, communication- many parts of our world can be accessed with a quick Facebook Login, or can be amplified by linking our social media accounts. Meant to bring the world together and end the perpetuation of loneliness, social media has proved to do the opposite. The more social media dependent we become, the more technology dependent we become. Spending too much time interacting with social media on our technological devices has been linked to a number of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and body image issues.

Mental wellness and social media usage do not have to be exclusive. For many professionals, social media offers them a presence, credibility, and a marketing platform. There are healthy ways to engage with social media and unhealthy ways to engage with social media. If you feel that your social media life is having a negative effect on your mental health or your professional life, you might be over-participating in some of these habits.

 

  • You’re convinced the digital grass is greener: Social media profiles are an exercise in the art of curation. While some people choose to be completely transparent and honest about their lives, many others choose to put only their best moments forward. As a result, it is easy to fall for the idea that the grass is greener in other people’s lives. Comparison and judging one’s life as less than others can quickly lead to depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and much more.
  • You compulsively check your social media: There is a time and place for checking in on your social media notifications, whether personal or to conduct business. Researchers have found that social media interactions cause a spike in dopamine, the neurochemical which relays messages of pleasure throughout the brain. Anticipating social media usage, using social media, and getting positive notifications from social media all create a similar effect of please as drugs like cocaine. If you feel a strong compulsion to check your social media, you might be developing a mental dependency.
  • You don’t conduct yourself well online: Business social media and personal social media start to lose their distinction the more you interact on these platforms. Social media has become synonymous with drama. Fights, conflict, and even bullying regularly take place on social media. Taking everything that happens on social media seriously is a problem. People find it easier to lash out toward others from the safety screen of their digital devices. Chronically losing your cool or getting lost in the happenings of an online platform can signal an unhealthy relationship to social media.

 

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