Social media has influenced society on how to eat, sleep, dress, workout, think and do basic activities in daily life. Before asking friends and family members for opinions some people try to find acceptance from social media platforms. I will provide health organizations and individuals with detail information about the dangers of social media.
Medical News Today research evidence suggested that 51% of social media users believe Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms influenced behavior.
Read more about the information below to know the affects social media has on adults, teenagers and children.
- Social media becoming addictive: 63% of people in America log on Facebook daily to view, post and share content. 40% of users log on more than 2-3 times daily, for relief and to stop boredom. Likes and comments on content that users post, makes it harder to solve the addiction of social media.
- Compare our lives to others: The content posted on social media platforms gives users an idealized version of others lives. Some users might have a horrible day or feel worthless and viewing others content may suggest their life is better. Over half of social media users said their confidence and self esteem decreased after comparing daily life to others.
- Social media makes us restless: 66% of social media users has admitted that relaxing is difficult without social media accounts.
- Social media gives rise to cyber bullying: Teenagers that are users on social media are targets. 95% of teenagers has witnessed cyber bullying online and 33% of teenagers on social media were victims of cyber bullying.
- Social media glamorizes drug and alcohol use: Teenagers that log on social media platforms are five times more likely to use tobacco, three times more likely to consume alcohol, and twice as likely to smoke marijuana.
Although social media has many negatives that can cause problems for overall well-being, it also has positive impacts that can help health organizations and individuals with mental health issues.
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- Solution to social isolation: Social media allows users to communicate with others to interact. This option allows people with mental health issues, to express themselves without worrying about others thoughts. Self expression is key for some people to solve mental health conflicts.
- Healthy lifestyle choices: Social media can be used to help people make healthy decisions. Motivational content can stop individuals from doing drugs, and drinking alcohol. Individuals that want to lose weight can be motivated to attend a gym or get a personal trainer to get fit.
- Social support and interventions: People that are at risk for suicide and suffering from mental health issues can receive help on social media. Reach Out provides youth with podcasts, chat room, resources and videos to assist mental health. People can share experiences with others on social media, to help those that are having similar mental health as theirs.
- Strengthen relationships: Individuals that have family members and friends that live far away, can interact with each other on social media platforms. Social media also promotes users, being active outside instead of sitting on the computer for hours.
People should avoid becoming addicted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,Snapchat, Vine, and other social media platforms.
Social Media Is Changing Your Brain video explains how social media has influenced users emotions, decision making and logical thinking.