Effects of Social media on our mental health

  • Social media is addictive-Studies show that 63% of Americans log on to Facebook daily, and 40% log on multiple times each day.
  • Social media makes us compare our lives with others'-A team of researchers in UK surveyed users of whom 51% felt lack of confidence due to unfair comparisons.
  • It makes us restless-Out of a sample taken for example, two-thirds admitted having difficulty relaxing when not able to use their social media accounts.
  • It gives rise to cyber bullying-A survey was conducted that found 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims.
  • It glamorizes drug and alcohol use-A study revealed that 70% of teenagers who use social media and interact with it on daily basis are likely to take drugs.
  • It can cause unhappiness-A study from University of Michigan revealed that more avid users were overall more unhappy than those who used the site less.
  • It can lead to the fear of missing out, aka FOMO-Surveys have even found that people feel insecure after using Pinterest because they feel less creative.
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