Nigel Akkara

How Social Media Effect Mental Health

Humans are social beings. We need the company of others to succeed in life, and the strength of our connections has a major impact on our mental health and well-being. Socially connecting with others can relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, increase self-esteem, bring comfort and joy, prevent loneliness and even add to your life for years. On the other hand, a lack of strong social ties can pose a serious risk to your mental and emotional health.

In today’s world, many of us use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram to find and connect. Each has its advantages, but it’s important to remember that social media can never replace human connections in the real world. Face-to-face contact with others is necessary to induce hormones that reduce stress and make you feel happier, healthier, and more positive. Ironically, a technology designed to bring people closer can make you feel lonely and isolated if you spend too much time interacting with social media, exacerbating mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. There is sex.

The positive aspects

Virtual interactions on social media do not have the same psychological benefits as face-to-face contact. Though there are many positive ways to help maintain connectivity and increase well-being.

The negative aspects

As this is a relatively new technology, there is little research to determine the long-term impact of using social media. However, some studies have found a strong link between intense social media and increased risk of depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal ideation.

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