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Is Social Media Causing Your Depression and Anxiety?

Social media has taken over many people’s lives. It's the first thing they do when they wake up and when they go to sleep.

People go on their phone and check their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. People now days compare their lives to others on social media, and feel inadequate.

Likes on social media cause a positive response in the brain which releases dopamine. People are basing their happiness on how many likes they get and if they don't have enough "likes" then they feel a loss which leads to anxiety and depression.

Adolescents are even more affected than the average human, according to Time Magazine's article from November 7 entitled The Kids Are Not Alright. Susana Schrobsdorff shares that "Adoclescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient, and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up." The article notes that CNN conducted the use of social media from 13 year olds on up, and that "there is no firm line between their real and online worlds."

This tends to be the case, even with celebrities. Many stars, especially people with high profile situations like Kendall Jenner, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez have taken breaks from social media due to being over-obsessed with their social image, and strived to improve their mental well-being by limiting the social intake they ingest.

A few things to consider with social media:

  • We compare our lives with others: Landmark achievements such as job updates, children, engagements, weddings, and social status are all in our faces to see, and make us wonder why we can't be on their level.
  • Social Media checking often leads to multi-tasking when unnecessary: Our attention spans become obsessive with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, and we don't know how to just sit and relax without pulling out our phones, whether it's in a waiting room or at home in front of the TV.
  • Though social media has made us more vocal, it's sometimes TOO VOCAL: That constant need to make your voice heard isn't always the best. Venting on Facebook, sharing constant thoughts, actions, and desires leaves your life less private, which opens yourself open to more scrutiny.

 

It's also important to take note that the more social media accounts you try to maintain,  the more likely you are to have high anxiety and depression. So if you're finding yourself looking for admiration, approval, or affirmation via likes, you may want to try and limit yourself to two social media accounts or just take a break for a while. Let your brain breathe.

 

 

Mary Brooke Beasley has a healthy obsession with all things related to cats, fashion, and the color pink! She mainly writes trending topics, celebrity gossip, and lifestyle pieces.

Co-written by Amy Cooper, who is the type of journalist that when asked "What do you bring to the table," she replies "I am the table.