SOCIAL MEDIA and DEPRESSION
Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate, how we can make new connections and how we can stay in touch. We now live in a time where you can follow your fellow mate’s every move on his latest beach trip even if the only surfing you’re doing is on the Web.
Statistics say that YouTube is rated to have the most positive impact on people’s lives among social media apps whereas Instagram is reported to have the worst impact. Previous studies also suggest that young people who spend more than two hours a day on social networking sites are more likely to report psychological distress which includes:
The Pressure to Fit in With the Crowd
Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying night outs can make young people feel like they are missing out a lot of things while others are enjoying their lives. These feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude. It often drags you into a world of unrealistic comparison and imparts a feeling of being left out.
Decreased Social Skills
Social skills are the skills which we use to communicate and interact with others verbally and non-verbally or through gestures and body languages. Since teenagers often rely on social media they lack real interaction skills. This would largely affect a teen’s career in the future.
It’s easier to make statements on a screen which would rather be difficult to verbalize face to face.
With digital media growing faster and quicker, it takes bullying to an entire new level. Without much effort, teens can reveal each other’s secrets or spread false information online, and the results can be devastating. A teenager’s reputation could be destroyed in a matter of hours and the social fallout can push him or her to commit suicide in the worst cases of cyberbullying.
Connection is a key for parenting teens in this modern world. The finest thing a parent can do for his or her teen is to make time for face to face communication. It is also important that you limit the time your teen spends online and encourage them to develop social skills than social media skills.
Using Facebook to keep in touch with former colleagues or schoolmates spread across the globe can add value to your life. But constantly comparing yourself to others or going to extreme lengths to improve your social media image is likely to take a toll on your mental health.
Make yourself understand that nobody is perfect and each one is unique and special in his or her own way. Give your best in the task you undertake and it can do you wonders.
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