For many of us, we find ourselves scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media sites throughout the day. Some of us check out social media as soon as they wake up. Some are on these sites before bed. Either way, we use social media a lot, but could it be detrimental to your health and cause depression?
Well, according to psychologist Stephanie Mihalas, social media can cause depression and anxiety when used in the wrong way. Most people use social media to keep in contact with people or to network for jobs or other reasons. However, some of us use social media for different reasons and can cause us to be depressed. If you use social media when you are in a bad mood, it can lead to depression because you compare yourself and your life to others in a negative way. Also, using social media when you are bored can also cause you to feel depressed after. Social media can also cause people to seclude themselves from others. Social media can lead to a decrease in face to face interaction. Many people hide behind their phones and lose opportunities to have a face to face interaction. This is essential if one is depressed or finds themselves in a depressed mood. Being able to talk to people face to face and express themselves to others is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Social media has the ability to harm us more than most think.
Social media is something that we need to learn to balance. There are many benefits to it, but we need to make sure that we do not become dependent upon it. The key is to find a healthy balance between real world interaction and online interaction. So all of us need to keep a conscious of how we use social media and how it effects our moods and how we interact every day.