We are motivated to share our thoughts and lives with others. I suspect it’s the same offline where we share our lives and thoughts with friends. The difference in the number of people we reach with thoughts on social media is the fact that thoughts are written down, not images, audio or video. In this way, when we share, we receive joy and reward.
We are beginning to see images in the form of what we want to become friends with, we are looking for information about ourselves that will give and sustain us emotional support and a bit of self-satisfaction. The disclosure of this information appears as a reward. Until recently, we did not fully understand the emotional and physiological benefits and reactions to posts about our lives on social media. Harvard University researchers like Tamir Mitchell have begun to fill that gap.
The 15% of respondents who said that using social media when they felt depressed, stressed or anxious made them feel worse had a variety of personal stories describing how social media affected their feelings. Some said it contributed to the feeling of being outside or less than others – a scenario we hear a lot about in public discourse.
Many of them curate their social media feeds for inspiration, humor, and emotional support, while others self-regulate their use so that they stay away from social media when they feel bad. But for those who know that social media makes them feel bad, but cannot stop them from using it, we need to be more concerned.
When we talk about the dangers of social media, it’s important for parents to know what social media sites your children are on. For some teenagers, Facebook and Instagram are the most popular. The most important thing parents need to understand is that there are boundaries to the outside world so that teenagers don’t have a chance to develop unhealthy habits on social media.
Talking about the dangers of social media, such as cyberbullying and sexual assault, gets most of the press. But there are many subtle and hidden dangers in how social media affects an entire generation of teenagers before they become young adults. As 89% of teenagers have a smartphone and 70% use social media several times a day, these dangers affect anyone who knows a normal teenager. In fact, 38% of young people report that social media has a negative impact on how they think about themselves.
While this area of research is still in its infancy, the importance of social media in the lives of many young people is clear. For many children and young people, networking with smartphones and social media is part of growing up. Most of them have had positive experiences, but there are also risks, including that excessive use of social media can harm their mental health. Anyone born after 1995 is unlikely to remember a life without the Internet.
According to the Pew Research Center, 69% of US adults and 81% of teens use social media. This puts a large proportion of the population at increased risk of feeling anxious or depressed due to their use of social media. Platforms that are said to be addictive have been linked to anxiety, depression and even physical ailments.
Social media use can increase FOMO, feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction and isolation. A vicious circle of unhealthy social media use Over-use of social media can create a negative, self-sustaining cycle in which you feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and stressed because you use social media to alleviate boredom and connect with others.
At the heart of the overuse of social media is not wanting to be present in the lives of teenagers and feeling that every moment is uncomfortable or painful to bear. This is problematic because the use of social media can trigger unpleasant emotional states.
If you’re worried about your children’s social media use, it can be tempting to confiscate their phone or other device. However, this can lead to further problems by separating your child from his friends and the positive aspects of social media. There are other ways to help your child use Facebook, Instagram and other platforms responsibly. First, to monitor and limit their use of social media. The more you know about how your child interacts with social media, the better you will be able to address the problem.
Teach your child that social media does not accurately reflect people’s lives. People post what they want to see from others. Images are manipulated, posed and selected. And people don’t compare themselves and their lives to others on social media.
For most social media users, quitting is unrealistic. Instead, they monitor their behaviour, see how it affects them and act accordingly. It is better for the individual to recognize his limitations. People are not motivated to change their social media use after hearing it’s bad for them. It is more likely that social media giants will change their ways as individuals take control of their own behavior.
For example, you need to set firm limits on your availability with your loved ones in order to reduce exhaustion, spend more time with close friends, and feel a sense of connection. The lure of social media can be problematic for sensitive people who are overwhelmed with too much information to process, and need more downtime to calm our nervous systems after a busy day.
Most of us spend at least part of our time scrolling through our phones or hopping on social media. In an effort to destabilize and relax, we are opening up to more over-stimulation and the negative effects of social media addiction: decreased self-esteem and a false sense of connectedness, to name a few. As highly sensitive people, we are particularly vulnerable to the effects of our dependence on the digital world. If we feel lousy, it can be difficult to pull ourselves away from our screens.
When people criticise our ideas and opinions on social media, our highly sensitive nature processes their words as an attack on our entire identity. For a sensitive person, negative comments decompose our flimsy emotional defences. This process leads to a painful cycle of doubt that occurs and sabotages the core trust and esteem of sensitive persons. Painful personal criticism, comments and posts on social media can provoke hurtful reactions from others and hurt a sensitive psyche. Social media is associated with many situations that can make a highly sensitive person vulnerable to declining self-esteem and depression.