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Social Media and the Negative effects on Human beings

Social Media and the Negative effects on Human beingsI wanted to share with you all the six areas I believe Social Media has a negative effect on all human beings. The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. However, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average South African checking their phone as much 28 times a day. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep. Here are six ways that social media could be negatively affecting your mental health without you even realising.

SELF-ESTEEM

We all have our fair share of insecurities, some that we speak about openly and others that we prefer to keep to ourselves. However, comparing yourself to others on social media by stalking their aesthetically perfect Instagram photos or staying up to date with their relationship status on Facebook could do little to assuage your feelings of self-doubt. Human connection, As human beings, it’s so important for us to be able to communicate and forge personal connections with one another. However, it can be hard to do so when we’re glued to rectangular screens, becoming more acquainted with our friends’ digital facades than their real-life personas. Many of us are guilty of spending far too much time trying to take the perfect photo of a visual marvel, all the while not actually absorbing the first-hand experience of witnessing it with your own two eyes.

SLEEP

However, many of us use our phones too soon before choosing the hit the hay, making it harder to doze off. “Getting worked up with anxiety or envy from what we see on social media keeps the brain occupied, thus sleep alludes you. Try setting yourself a strict rule of not going on your phone for at least 40 minutes to an hour before going to bed, and see if that makes a difference to the quality of your sleep.

MEMORY

bad memorySocial media can be great for looking back fondly on memories and recounting how past events occurred. However, it can also distort the way in which you remember certain titbits from your life. Many of us are guilty of spending far too much time trying to take the perfect photo of a visual marvel, all the while not actually absorbing the first-hand experience of witnessing it with your own two eyes. When we direct all of our attention toward capturing the best shots for our social media followers to admire, the less will be available to enjoy other aspects of the experience in real time!!!!! Spending too much time on our phones will detract from those other aspects of the experience, undermining the happiness we could be gleaning from them.

ATTENTION SPAN

It’s not just your subconscious brain that you need to worry about, but also the extent to which your brain is able to fully concentrate when you’re awake.While it’s incredible to consider the amount of information readily available at our fingertips thanks to social media, it also means that people have become far more easily distracted. “Social media has provided a means of constantly giving into the temptation of instant, easy-access entertainment. If you’re unable to not check your phone for at least a few minutes, then you’d do well to practise exercising your willpower on occasion.

MENTAL HEALTH

Not only has social media been proven to cause unhappiness, but it can also lead to the development of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression when used too much or without caution. Twitter did indeed make me feel anxious from time to time as it slowly dawned on me, I was concerning myself with the feelings of the thousands of strangers I followed. While you don’t necessarily have to quit social media for good, if you feel like it’s beginning to bog you down, why not consider allocating social media-free time slots during your daily routine? The slightest change could do you a whole lot of good.