Over the last few decades, technology has been on an upswing and with it has come the invention of social media and electronics that give us access to the lives of everyone we have ever met in a matter of seconds. Along with this ability has come a number of new anxieties that are being triggered in individuals. Between the various platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) people are engaging more than ever. However, according to mental health experts, this is something that is hurting us rather than aiding us. Let’s talk a bit more about how engaging on social media may be causing you anxiety personally and what you can do to prevent that from happening.
Comparing Causes Desperation
One of the most common reasons social media is causing people to experience anxiety has to do with their habit of comparing and despairing. When you see that one of your friends is laying on a beach in Spain and your weekend plans are to clean out the trunk of your car, it is easy to feel like you are somehow not living your best life. This causes us to experience a type of anxiety that is associated with the fear of personal failure. You begin to feel self-conscious, wondering if you are in fact, enough. This can often manifest into social anxiety as you don’t want others to think the same of you when you see them.
Comparing also happens when you look at how many friends or followers you have on your social media platform. It is important to remember that quality always trumps quantity and that these numbers are obscure and truly mean nothing at all.
Fear of Missing Out
Another aspect of social media that has been triggering anxiety in people is their fear of missing out. If someone posts photos of a party they attended that you were not invited to, your self-esteem is likely to take a hit. Seeing people you know enjoying themselves while you know you were working or just sitting at home is not a good feeling. And while you think that the reasonable solution would simply to be to disengage and delete social media accounts, the opposite actually occurs. People become addicted to knowing not only what they are being included in, but also to knowing what they have been left out of.
Social Media is Addictive
Studies conducted by the University of Chicago actually found that social media is more addictive than cigarettes! However, because the negative effects are so subtle and only manifest in us feeling less than adequate, people don’t tend to take the effects of social media use as seriously as they would emphysema or lung cancer.
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