According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is common worldwide and it is increasing day by day. Which may be the leading cause of disability. It is estimated that 350 million peoples are affected by depression, globally. Sadness, feeling down, have a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities –these are the symptoms of depression.
According to the Centres For Diseases Control And Preventions (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 have depression in any 2-weeks period.
This is the very serious problem to be discussed and there are many reasons because of which it is caused among various reasons the most common is “depression from social media”.
Social media like Facebook, Twitters, WhatsApp, etc are also the causes of Depression. New research reveals that how social media platforms can greatly affect our mental health.No matter what you did today on your phone or computer, it’s likely that social media was involved.
Did you post your photos of the last visit with your friends on Facebook?, Did you posted a photo of your cat today? Maybe you are visiting here because of the link on Facebook or Instagram!!!
In many cases, the information that’s available isn’t pretty.
Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, anxiety, poorer sleep quality, lower self-esteem, inattention, and hyperactivity often in teens and adolescents.
A common argument against the theory that social media makes individuals or leads towards the Depression is simply that perhaps those who are more depressed and lonely are more inclined to use social media as a way of reaching out.
A new study concludes that there is a fact that social media is also the link for the primary depression.
In a research
The study included 143 students from the University of Pennsylvania. They were randomly assigned to one of two groups: one that would continue their social media habit as usual or one that would significantly limit access to social media.
For three weeks, the experimental group had their social media use reduced to 30 minutes per day—10 minutes on three different platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) where it was found that depression was seen in them.
Do you get stressed when you cannot check your Social media accounts? Believe me or not it’s a mental disorder or addiction.
According to a research
Almost about 20% of people with social media accounts cannot go more than three hours without checking their social media accounts.
Overall, about 30% of those who use social media for more than 15 hours a week online. This can greatly reduce your ability to enjoy your real life. It can also result in you like relationships, jobs, and education if you spend too much time online. As you pay for it, its result creates a mental problem as your study gets worse, when you lose your job or relationship which may result in depression in many cases. If you are spending too much time using social media like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. You will not be able to spend enough time on work, study or with your loved ones. If you have social media depression it can affect your mental as well as physical health.
spending too much time online has been proven such as eye strain, Neck pain, and lower back problems. It makes our life lazier and sedentary which may lead us to various health problems like high blood pressure, hypertension, etc.
Researchers have found that using social media for a long time is an addiction like drug addiction, using too much internet can cause depression ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD), impulsive disorder, the problem with a mental disorder.
It is more than just the pressure of sharing things with others, it is also how you compare your life with others you see on social media. Many people see that someone has a great job, an excellent lifestyle, a beautiful home, and excellent couples and they feel happy for them but, others can feel jealous and depressed in order of comparing their life with theirs. Seeing perfect life may even feel bad about their own life if it is not as perfect as them, they see on Facebook which may lead them to suicide.
What You Can Do
First of all, realize that people who post all those great things on Facebook have a normal life just like you and me. but they only put the good stuff on Facebook rather than the bad ones. If your life is not as awesome as some of the people you see on Facebook, it is not going to get any better by sitting the obsessing over it. We must have to get over and enjoy our real life, rather than not your social media life because that is not real life. If you are having trouble doing this or you just need to talk to someone, there are people who can help you with this. You do not have to have an appointment or even leave your home to do it. Talk to an online therapist now and you can feel better by tomorrow.
Scrolling Instagram feeds of beautiful people with perfect bodies, jobs and relationships make us feel insecure and inadequate. We then put tremendous pressure on ourselves to live up to these unrealistic portrayals of an instant worthy life.
Social media depression is one of the growing issue and most common issue leading the people to suicide. So maintain your time limits and don’t get addicted to social media.
Thank you for such an insightful read, it’s good to be aware of the dangers of too much social media time!