Social media and it’s destructive effect on your mental health reflecting on your physical well being.
Is social media last thing you check at night or first thing when you wake up in the morning? If YES, read to the very last end and get a solution.
We can never overemphasize this. Everyday we talk about the disastrous effects of social media on children, teenagers, youths and out environment but we have failed to understand or agree that it has more to do with our mental health and that is why we see the effects in our environment all along into the society.
The sole purpose of social media is to interact and cut down distance through technology. Soon it started upgrading with more techniques and it started allowing sharing of recorded and live videos, files and business spreadsheet, meeting rooms, news, location, online video and audio calls and lots more.
Looking at the statistics, more than two third of the world’s population have access or use social media on daily basis for education, banking and finance, trading and entertainment. A more realistic example is that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and other interactive apps have an average of 5 billion monthly active users all together. Which has relatively not only increase the number of crime but the number of people who develop mental health issues or illnesses increase at an alarming rate everyday.
In the world of today, an average individual has more virtual friends and engagement than he does physically so they tend to spend more time on phone socializing than engaging physical strength. Ironically for a technology that is designed to bring people closer together, spending too much time on it can actually make you feel more lonely, isolated, unappreciated and alleviate mental health problems such as anxiety, mood swings, depression and lots more.
One of the reasons why you stay too long on your phone is:
The fear of missing out [FOMO] on news, luxury, lifestyle and entertainment will affect your self esteem, trigger anxiety and pressure you to manipulate your mind. FOMO can compel you to pick up your phone every few minutes to check for updates, or compulsorily respond to each and every beep on your phone either relevant or not which can have effect on your sleep pattern and soon it starts to affect your concentration, productivity, activeness and everything around you.
Ways to protect and to checkmate your mental health today:
- Limit when and where you use social media.
- Have “detox” period: take a break.
- Prune- hide contacts, unfollow, block, and mute handles, organization, groups, people, words that you know trigger funny response in your body when you get involved with them.
- Stop social media from replacing real life: Build relevant relationships outside social media and have an interesting life outside social media.
- Disable Social media notifications: it is hard to resist the constant buzzing and beeping of your phone alerting you to new messages so, do yourself good but turning off some certain notifications or put your phone on a “do not disturb” mode.
In everything you do on social media, find your limits and when you get there take some break to refresh and detox then come back to start a new page.