The Negative Effects of Social Media

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Carly S.

While social media is an excellent source for finding information and communicating with others, it may lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. There have been various studies showing the correlation between heavy social media use and mental health problems. Listed below are some of the most common consequences of excessive social media use.

Insecurities

Many people, especially teenagers, tend to feel insecure about themselves after scrolling through social media for extended periods of time. Whether it be a photo of a celebrity or a video of a group of friends enjoying a vacation, images and videos posted on social media can cause people to feel insecure about their appearance or the things they do in their spare time. 

Fear of Missing Out

Some social media users experience FOMO – the fear of missing out. Popular platforms such as Instagram are known to make people feel as if their lives aren’t as exciting as the lives of their peers. The idea of missing out on potentially exciting events can trigger one’s anxiety and affect their self-esteem.

Cyberbullying

Perhaps one of the most significant issues caused by social media, cyberbullying has affected approximately ten percent of teenagers. Harsh comments and messages posted on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter are often deemed offensive by the groups of people targeted. Sometimes, the messages are only directed towards one person. These comments can leave lasting effects on the mental health of the victims.

Limiting your time spent on social media is one of many ways to improve your mental health. Simply taking a break from social media or doing something you truly enjoy can make a huge difference.