Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health without you even knowing
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Many times, we get intimidated by the seemingly perfect pictures that people upload on social media or by their so-called perfect dates and relationships.
As our friends and family share pictures of all the good times they have on social media, we often end up feeling like we’re missing out on something important.
This feeling is accompanied by social anxiety and low mood.
Social media keeps us awake, sometimes until late at night, causing us to have fewer hours of sleep.
Research indicates that people who have terrible sleeping cycles were 6% more likely to be depressed. 9% were more likely to be unhappy than those who had good sleeping habits.
Just consuming specific content that feeds into your existing set of beliefs isn’t a healthy way to approach the online world, as it does not provide an authentic view.
We need to find people whom we disagree with and get past our filter bubbles. We need to engage with a purpose, and with a curious, open mind and keep trying to educate ourselves.
Commit to not checking social media during meals with family and friends, and when playing with children or talking with a partner.
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Even a five-day or weeklong break from Facebook can lead to lower stress and higher life satisfaction.
Publicly declare you are on a break. And delete the apps for your favorite social media services.
You can also cut back without going cold turkey: limit your use of social media to 10 minutes a day for three weeks and you'll see improvements in your mental health.
Experiment with using your favorite online platforms at different times of day and for varying lengths of time, to see how you feel during and after each session.
You may find that a few short spurts help you feel better than spending 45 minutes exhaustively scrolling through a site’s feed.