How Social Media Affects Mental Health

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How Social Media Affects Mental Health

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  1. Social media is addictive. Experts conclude that “it may be plausible to speak specifically of ‘Facebook Addiction Disorder’…because addiction criteria, such as neglect of personal life, mental preoccupation, escapism, mood modifying experiences, tolerance and concealing the addictive behavior, appear to be present in some people who use social media excessively.” They also found that the motivation for people’s excessive use of social networks differs depending on certain traits. Introverts and extroverts use it for different reasons, as do people with narcissistic traits.
  2. It triggers more sadness. One study a few years ago found that Facebook use was linked to both less moment-to-moment happiness and less life satisfaction. The more people used Facebook in a day, the more these two variables dropped off.
  3. Comparing our lives with others is mentally unhealthy. We fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others as we scroll through our feeds, and make judgments about how we measure up.
  4. It can lead to jealousy. Most people will admit that seeing other people’s tropical vacations and perfectly behaved kids is envy-inducing. Studies have certainly shown that social media use triggers feelings of jealousy.