Social Media & Mental Health: A Bad Combo

As today’s society evolves, your mind does as well. The ability to adapt to changes are a key part of mental health, and social media plays a very large role in shaping your daily life. It is important to consider this before obsessively checking Facebook and Instagram.

Mental Health: What’s The Problem?

Staring at a phone, tablet, or computer screen for hours on end may leave you with a feeling of withdrawal when you attempt to do something else. Just like any addiction, short term satisfaction takes precedence over long term well being.

This feeds into a bigger problem, which is the state of mental health across the country. Being active on different social media platforms is not a bad thing on its own – the danger lies in comparing your life to someone else’s life – and you are only seeing the other person’s life in the way that they want you to. So why does your mind want to compare the two?

Social Media: What’s The Big Deal?

Social media is constantly changing and evolving, and keeping up with these changes can be very stressful. Just in the last few days, Snapchat released an extremely unpopular update, leaving its users in an uproar. And therein lies the problem – why do we care so much? The answer to this probably can be found by digging deeper into social media itself- and how it is becoming more and more entwined with the fabric of our society as a whole.

Remember: Being You is Most Important

Don’t compare yourself to what you see from others on social media. Being yourself is most important, and your mental health is tied to your perception of the world. Social media can jade this perception, which is why it is important to take a break sometimes and be mindful of the moment.

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