How Social Media Affects Mental Health?
We are living in the era of a rapidly growing digitally equipped era. Where the lives of all age groups, especially youths, have been hijacked by social media. Studies claim that emotional dependency on Social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat aggravates mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicidal tendency, complex feeling, etc. in person.
In addition to that, it may hamper the persistent lifestyle of a person. Nevertheless, Social media is becoming a matter of concern nowadays. Social Media is a boon if handled wisely, with the right intent, the right choice of words. On the flip side, addiction or insane usage can trigger propellant disasters. Excessive use of SM cripples the tendency to interact with the person in the real world.
Irrelevant or relevant comparison behavior by an individual generates the next level of menace that comes with the package of insane use of social media. A conscious involvement in the rat race of nuances show off on social media ends in the pathetic exertion of mind and body, which often turn into a traumatic situation.
Causes Of Over Use Of Social Media
Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO): In fear of missing out on anything around us, we keep sneaking to online portals every hour. This habit makes us busy wasting our crucial time and holding unnecessary worries.
Dwelling In Virtual World: High desires and the absence of hard work make the person living in a dreamland. That results in endless surfing like, what he wants to be? How he wants to look? The life one wishes for apparently, full of comfort life.
Excess Idle Time: Too much idle time, excellent internet services, motiveless life, lack of willingness to do something on own, all factors push any fit person to the madness of social media.
Unawareness Of Self- Potential: An individual doesn’t pay heed to recognize his/her own potential or talent in chasing the do’s of online buddies and copying them from every nook and corner.
Over Ambition: When an individual is over-ambitious or, rather say, overloaded with aspirations, he knows the value of growth; he wants to be updated with everything happening around him personally, professionally, and socially. He wants to shine in every corner; he takes the plunge to learn everything from parallel to center, he too ends up spending too much time on Social media. At the cost of mental peace.
How To Get Hold Over The Addiction Of Social Media:
Set the time limit: The first step towards the addiction could be taken by putting off the notifications of Social Media apps. Next, set the screen hour timer on apps that will also give you a checklist about your weekly/daily engagements on it. In Addition to that, remove few apps from your mobile to limit online sneaking. And last but not least, keep your phone away from your bed before bedtime. These four major choices will give sure-shot positive changes to the mental health of an individual.
Add an outdoor walk to your routine: No doubt Pandemic has made us spend most of the time indoor, which left us with numerous Physical and mental health issues, for instance, weight gain, blurry vision due to excessive use of gadgets. Moreover, being panic others achievements and updates on social media. At this moment, a small nature walk comes as a rescue.
Find a small doodle window: Even though if you are not an artist, doodling is something that fills colors to the boring routine of non-artist like me. It will keep you busy doing something far better than surfing over SM.
Set your week/weekend goals: Have some To-Do list off to digital world it could be cuisine list, exploring new visiting spots in your surroundings, it could be a small visit to malls/farmer markets, trekking or Fitbit running goals, potlucks, or anything that could keep you busy in staying away from the social media. Put all your efforts into accomplishing those.
Join some fun club/activity club/ Volunteer Activity: The most lucrative way to keep yourself fruitfully engaged. Join something that matches your interest or hobby. Or lend your hand in helping others by volunteering in NGOs, social services, after-school programs, tutoring, and so on.
Have a long list of offline friends than Online buddies: Who doesn’t like the chit-chat with friends, everyone, right! Spending time with friends in person makes the moment even more delightful rather than talking over the phone or online. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t talk to online friends, but yes, offline friends mark your presence as a responsible social animal. Studies show that meeting/talking to friends in person makes the adrenaline rush more than talking online.
In a nutshell, today, we can’t deny that social media involvement has become the major factor in losing mental peace. Most of the time, it invites the uncalled unhealthy competition and abundance of negativity that takes a toll on mental wellness.
Do you agree with me? Share your views in the comment box connection Social media and Mental health Issues.
‘This post is a part of Blogchatter’s CauseAChatter.’
Copyright © Archana Srivastava
This article is the property of the author Archana Srivastava (archusblog.com). Any unauthorized use or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited.
You can Follow me:
FB Page: Archusblog