Is Social Media Bringing Us Down?

How often do you find yourself on your phone, tablet, or even work computer on some form of social media site? How often are you looking for your phone, in between chores or homework assignments, just to check out the latest buzz on Facebook or twitter? A couple of hours pass by and the dishwater is cold, and your evening has flown by without any of the things on your list being completed. It’s not a nice feeling.

What about when you log on to your favourite social media site and see that your bestie went out without you, or that someone has gotten engaged. Everyone is so happy online while you’re sitting at home alone, checking it all out from the sidelines. How does that make you feel, really? Sometimes it really gets to me. Doesn’t matter how mature I am or how much I think about my own accomplishments, something about my Facebook friends’ trip to Cuba seems so much better than everything I’ve done lately.

According to Healthline.com in their article “15 ways to Avoid Depression” social media use is addictive, can cause depression, and even lower your self-esteem. One of their suggestions is not having social media applications on your phone so that it is less accessible. They even suggest website blocking extensions that kick you off the platform after a certain amount of time.

Are these suggestions a little extreme? Do you feel like you’re in control when you’re on your preferred platform? Do you limit your own use or are you like me and find hours have gone by when you finally look up?

A study by Medical News Today’s “Can social media really cause depression?” found that using social media a lot does not cause depression. They suggest that personality has more of an impact on us getting depressed than how much we use social media. Maybe this is the category I fall into.

What do you think? Think about your life and your habits. Do you feel like you are living a healthy lifestyle? Maybe you’re getting everything done but are you getting enough sleep? Could social media be playing a role in your mood or holding you back and do you think you’ll limit your use anytime soon? Or maybe you’re killing it, living your best life. In that case, do you have any advice for the rest of us? Either way, let me know in the comments below!

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Facebook: How many times a day are you on your favourite #socialmedia platform? Do you find you’re online more than you want to be? Do you want to limit your use? Check out the blog for my take on social media and its potential link to #depression http://bit.ly/socialmediabringingusdown.

Twitter: “Is Social Media Bringing Us Down?” Check out my take on #socialmedia and it’s link to #depression on the blog http://bit.ly/socialmediabringingusdown.

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3 thoughts on “Is Social Media Bringing Us Down?

  1. Great insight Laura! I think social media definitely takes a toll on our health (children and adults) and it’s really difficult to not be jealous of all the amazing activities other people have chosen to highlight about their life online.
    As a small business owner I know I have to take advantage of the social media platforms thanks to their affordability and accessibility but I do find myself disappointed when a photo I put my heart into gets few ‘likes’. I can see how it affects all avenues of our life, relationships and mental health, yet we’re willing signing on several times a day.

  2. I was in my early twenties before I even had a computer mid way through studying for my bachelor’s degree. I grew up without a cell phone, without internet, without social media and used a typewriter for my assignments in high school. Then, television was what consumed most of our time, or listening to music, reading, playing outside with the neighbourhood kids, biking around.

    Times have changed a lot. I’m not certain how I would handle social media if I were a younger person today. I think I would find it difficult. People share so much about their lives online. Why do we need to see all of the pictures that chronicle their lives? Sometimes what is posted is “the best parts” or what people want us to see. Life, has ups and downs, It always will.Sometimes it may seem unfair because some of us have more struggles and more to overcome than others. Social media is okay in small doses but after that turn it off and live your best life on your terms!

  3. I completely agree, it is very easy to get sucked into the world of social media. It is a rapidly growing platform that has become such a useful tool, but as well as an issue for some. In today’s date, it is extremely difficult to take a step back from the phone and not compare yourself to all those unrealistic expectations of what is “perfect”. Educating young minds that they need more, or remind them of what they do not have or what they do not look like.

    Also, SLEEP! Huge factor, I know myself and many others struggle to sleep at night with your phone going off next to you. It is so addicting to sit on your phone for hours scrolling through Instagram or Facebook , and when you finally check the time next thing you know it is 2AM.

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