10 Effects Of Social Media On Mental Health

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Constant exposure to curated and idealized versions of others' lives can lead to feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, and low self-esteem.

Comparison and Envy

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Social media platforms can be breeding grounds for cyberbullying, which can have severe consequences on the mental health of victims.

Cyberbullying

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Social media often showcases exciting events and activities, contributing to a fear of missing out. 

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

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Exposure to images of idealized and unrealistic body standards on social media can contribute to negative body image perceptions, leading to issues such as low self-esteem and eating disorders.

Negative Body Image

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Paradoxically, excessive use of social media may lead to social isolation, as individuals may substitute online interactions for face-to-face connections.

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Social Isolation

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The pursuit of likes, comments, and validation on social media platforms can create a constant need for external affirmation, impacting self-esteem and mental well-being.

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Validation Seeking

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Excessive use of social media, particularly before bedtime, can interfere with sleep patterns. Blue light emitted by screens can disrupt circadian rhythms.

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Sleep Disturbances

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The constant influx of information on social media can be overwhelming, leading to stress and anxiety. The pressure to stay updated and informed may contribute to feelings of being constantly on edge.

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Information Overload

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Excessive use of social media can divert time and attention away from real-world relationships, leading to feelings of loneliness and a lack of genuine connection with others.

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Impaired Real-world Relationships

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Concerns about privacy and the potential for personal information to be misused on social media platforms can contribute to stress and anxiety, impacting mental well-being.

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Privacy Concerns

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