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Social media also can boost self-esteem,especially if a person is viewed favorably online or gets a number of likes or interactions on their content.
Likewise, through social media some people are able to share parts of their identity that may be challenging to communicate in person.
And, social media can be particularly helpful for people with social anxiety who struggle to interact with people in person.
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If you find that your social meida use is impacting your relationships or is distracting you from work or school, it may be problematic. Additionally, if scrolling through social media leaves you feeling envious, depressed, anxious, or angry, then you need to re-evaluate your use.
Another major impact that social media has on your mental health is that it can become an unhealthy way of coping with uncomfortable feelings or emotions.
Aside from the fact that social media allows people to reconnect with family and friends that live far away or that they have lost touch with, it also has become a vital communication tool during the pandemic.
Additionally, social media has tendancy to reinforce use and people quickly become hooked on checking their statuses for comments and likes as well as perusing other people's posts.
Excissive social media use can lead to impulse control issues, especially if you access your social networks using a smartphone.
Social media can cause you to experience feelings of inadequacy. about your life and your appearance.
In fact, for a technology that's supposed to bring people closer together, it can have the opposite effect especially when disagreements erupt online.
Social media use also can cause people to become self-absorbed. sharing endless selfies as well as your innermost thoughts on social media can create an unhealthy self-centeredness that causes you to focus on crafting your online image rather than making memories with your friends and family memb...
Reasearchers are discovering that there are some downsides to social media, particularly with regard to mental health.
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