Social Media affects your mental health

Social Media can affect our mental health in a negative way. Social media is very addictive, once you start scrolling you don't want to put it down. I know this from personal experience.

When scrolling through your Instagram or watching Snapchat stories do you ever think "Wow she/he's so pretty." or "I wish I was that skinny." Posts on social media make us compare ourselves to others and many times this can lead to anorexia and low self esteem. We shouldn't look at other people and want to look like them because we are beautiful in our own way.

Social media also gives rise to cyber bullying. kids and teens are more likely to be bullied if they are on social media. People find it easier to bully online because its not face to face and the message can be anonymous. A survey was done by an organization called Enough is Enough. This survey found that 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed cyber bullying and 33% have been victim themselves.

Social media can be addicting and I think most people can agree. For example when your on Instagram or Facebook, you start scrolling through your feed. One story looks interesting so you click on it and then you find another story or image you want read/see. This starts becoming repetitive and you end up spending hours at a time on your phone and this is not good for your brain or your eyes. Its not healthy your brain needs to relax and do stuff like take a walk or hang out with friends.

Being on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. all the time can cause introversion. You can become a very shy person because instead of talking to people or socializing face to face you're talking to someone using Snapchat, Skype, Whatsapp, etc. Then when its time to talk to someone face to face it's harder because your not used to it.


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