Opic: How social media has impacted mental health
After conducting an online search, I found an article titled “How Social Media Affects Mental Health, According to a Therapist” by Sarah Fielding, published on February 14, 2022, in Healthline. This article examines the negative effects of social media on mental health. It includes increased anxiety and depression as well as body image problems.
According to this article, social media can make it seem impossible to achieve perfection. This could lead to low self-esteem and feelings of inadequate. The constant comparison to others’ seemingly perfect lives can also cause anxiety and depression, and the pressure to maintain an online persona can be overwhelming.
These claims are supported by several studies, one of which cites a study that showed a link between depressive symptoms and social media use in young adults. One study also found that women with a negative body image were more likely to use social media.
But, this article points out that there are positive mental health effects to social media when it is used responsibly and for positive purposes such as connecting with loved one, seeking support and encouraging self-expression.
In the article, the therapist suggests setting some boundaries regarding social media. These include limiting screen-time, making breaks and unfollowing any accounts that cause negative emotions. To combat self-talk, perfectionism and negative self-talk, she recommends mindfulness and self compassion.
The article gives valuable insight on the effects of social networking on mental health.