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The Positive Impact of Social Media on Our Mental Health
When discussing the relationship between social media and mental health, the discourse tends to focus on negative connotations. Studies have shown that prolonged use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can lead to depression and anxiety in some individuals.
However, is this the complete story?
On the other hand, there is evidence that suggests social media can actually have a positive impact on the mental health of some people.
Social Media Keeps Us Connected to Those We Love
This pandemic has brought about a lot of sorrow and anxiety for numerous individuals. However, social media has enabled us to stay connected with our dear ones, exchange crucial information with our community members, and stay up-to-date with the latest health discoveries. During stressful times, social media can actually serve as a unifying force that helps people feel less isolated.
Social Media for Mental Health Support
Putting the global pandemic aside, there are instances in an individual’s life when they may encounter depression or feelings of anxiety. Many people grappling with mental health issues feel like they lack a support system within their immediate circle to rely on.
In such situations, people often turn to the internet to seek support and encouragement from the mental health community. This way, they obtain the information, comfort, and guidance they require.
According to a study by Michigan State University published in the Journal of Computer Mediated-Communication, social media use could be beneficial to our mental health. The researchers examined data from over 13,000 relationships among adult participants. The data indicated that social media users were 63% less likely to experience mental health crises, such as anxiety and depression.
Be a Mindful User
According to the study’s findings, individuals who use social media to connect and exchange information, even on a daily basis, exhibit positive mental health outcomes. On the other hand, those who have an emotionally unhealthy attachment to social media, such as excessively checking their pages due to the fear of missing out, often experience negative mental health outcomes.
To sum up, it appears that the crucial factor is to use social media mindfully. Individuals who may have already developed an unhealthy social media habit that seems to have developed anxiety or depression may want to seek therapy.
If you would like to speak to someone about your social media use and how it is negatively affecting your mental health, please get in touch with me.
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