We’ve all used social media to keep up with friends and family. But the question is, what are the unhealthy effects of social media? What should we do about it? The following tips can help. If you think social media is affecting you in a negative way, you should seek medical advice. Abington – Jefferson Health provides referrals to medical specialists who can assess and treat your condition. But how do we know if we’re suffering from any of these issues?
One of the most common reasons for the negative impact of social media on our daily lives is that we are impulsive. Our minds can’t help but react to whatever comes our way. This makes us feel stressed and depressed. And when we post things on social media, we often don’t even realize that our words and actions may influence others’ feelings. But these negative emotions can worsen other issues, like depression or anxiety.
The use of social media can cause widespread mental health problems, from depression to anxiety. Research from Kiera E. Riehms and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are at increased risk for mental illness. Other negative effects of social media include the possibility of cyberbullying. Using these sites to express yourself creatively or learn something new can be healthy, but heavy use of social media can lead to depression, loneliness, and self-harm.