The rise of the Internet means that we are more connected than ever before. Health experts love to point out that sitting is the new smoking. We spend a lot of time sited either working, browsing social media or doing both. Young people spend a lot of time on social media. This means they are much exposed to all the vices that come with social media such as low self-esteem, peer pressure, and mental illnesses. Increase use of social media facilities other dangers such as anxiety, depression, eating concerns, sleep problems and many more.
There are certain characteristics of social media that contribute to a lot of negative effects such as;
Cyberbullying is a serious norm that has been linked to anxiety, depression, social isolation, and suicide. When compared to the traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying can be experienced on a large scale particularly because of its spread over the internet. The perpetrators of cyberbullying mostly remain anonymous while the victim finds it very hard to escape. Though social media platforms have taken the initiative to prevent cyberbullying, its effectiveness still remains to be seen.
Comparison of unrealistic portrayals is a common social media activity where a subject looks at another profile and tries to compare their life with others. This can be very hurting as you people create the impression that other people’s’ lives are better as compared to theirs. Unrealistic portrayals can be made worse through social endorsements and approvals that occur in form of likes.
Can promote sadness
The sadness in social media can be promoted depending on what you have accepted and customized on your feed. In most cases, we go to social media when we feel stressed or bored, in look for some form of happiness. We then scroll through various feeds all looking for a moment of relief that can bring back our lost happiness. However, if we fail to get what we need, it can lead to a deep set of disappointments. Disappointment and depression are quite common to users of social media and all these may create a negative mental health and dissatisfaction in life.
There are many other dangers of overuse of social media. Social media can make us irrationally jealous and can ruin relationships due to unhealthy stalking of other people’s significant other. Social media can be highly addictive because its created wanted it to be so. All you need is to have controlled use of media and express rationality at all times.