i’m really starting to think that social media will drive us all crazy.
(insert one i missed here)
for someone with mental illness,
even as basic as depression,
social media is one of the worst things you can be addicted to.
time magazine broke down the number one worst social media for mental health.
this is the main culprit for your craziness…
Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults. While the photo-based platform got points for self-expression and self-identity, it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.”
Out of five social networks included in the survey, YouTube received the highest marks for health and wellbeing and was the only site that received a net positive score by respondents. Twitter came in second, followed by Facebook and then Snapchat—with Instagram bringing up the rear.
The #StatusOfMind survey, published by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health, included input from 1,479 young people (ages 14 to 24) from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From February through May of this year, people answered questions about how different social media platforms impacted 14 different issues related to their mental or physical health.
There were certainly some benefits associated with social networking. All of the sites received positive scores for self-identity, self-expression, community building and emotional support, for example. YouTube also got high marks for bringing awareness of other people’s health experiences, for providing access to trustworthy health information and for decreasing respondents’ levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
But they all received negative marks, as well—especially for sleep quality, bullying, body image and FOMO. And unlike YouTube, the other four networks were associated with increases in depression and anxiety.
Previous studies have suggested that young people who spend more than two hours a day on social networking sites are more likely to report psychological distress. “Seeing friends constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while others enjoy life,” the #StatusOfMind report states. “These feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude.”
Social media posts can also set unrealistic expectations and create feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, the authors wrote. This may explain why Instagram, where personal photos take center stage, received the worst scores for body image and anxiety. As one survey respondent wrote, “Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect’.”
i believe it.
i have sorta broken down all the social medias:
ig – the place where you put your highlight reel.
everything has to show your life perfectly.
you have to be perfect in order to be “liked”.
they made a mistake introducing that insta-snap tho.
that can conflict with the image you portray on the main platform.
if you really pay attention to that,
it will show you who is wack af.
snapchat – where you are yourself in raw real time.
it’s 10 seconds to show everyone what you do all day/night.
it can be dangerous because it shows everyone the real you.
even with dog ears or an alien face.
that highlights the lack of personality you can have.
facebook – where you connect with family,
and co workers.
that is also a place you try to be perfect,
but it’s more personal.
folks wyld out in beef with their status messages.
twitter – where you share your thoughts with the world.
you have 140 to be as honest as you want to be.
the ig/fb live/periscope platforms – fuckin,
talking about nothing…
don’t even get me started.
cubs aren’t just hooked on social media.
adults are way down that rabbit hole.
social media is the place you get to flex when you didn’t in high school.
the nerds and outcasts are suddenly “the shit”.
the sad part is,
most of these social medias highlight just how “blah” most are.
i’ve been turned off from quite a few.
there are only so much ways you can:
go work out
show what you are cooking
go work out again
show your hair
show something you bought
show some inspirational quote you aren’t following
show your car
show your food
show yourself almost half naked
so maybe in a twisted way,
once you realize just how wack some are,
and they are flexing for their own self esteem issues,
it might just help you get your own life together.
Take frequent breaks from social media
it’s exhausting and seems like a job all in itself.
your mental health will thank you for it.
lowkey: it’s okay to take a break.
you will have the same followers when you return.
if they leave,
they weren’t loyal to begin with.
article cc: time