Technology has been associated with many health problems for not just kids and teens but also adults. Our increasing dependence on social media is part of these too. Now the latest finding by researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford found that those who had an increased social media dependence had lower life satisfaction. These were observed more in women than in men. Many of us will agree that we, regardless of our age, gender and other factors, are becoming increasingly addicted to social media platforms. Social media is an important and inevitable part of our lives. Here are some other ways in which social media use can affect your health.
More loneliness and depression: According to a study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, increased use of social media negatively impacted mental health and could lead to loneliness and depression. The study said that limiting screen time on social media can enhance the health of an individual. When you are hooked on to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media, you are bound to be engrossed in that and hence spend less time interacting in the real world and people around you. This automatically leads to loneliness. If not dealt with in time, this could progress to depression and other mental health issues.
Sleep problems: Spending excessive time on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter can affect your sleep. This is not just because of the time you expose your eyes to the blue light which is known to create problems but also because, reading about news or happenings across the world, which are mainly negative, can poorly impact your brain. this can make you worry and overthink.
Poor self-esteem: All of us have a habit of comparing our lives with our friends on social media. Pictures of them holidaying, spending a good time with their family and friends, new purchases like cars etc. can invoke a feeling of envy and impact your self-esteem. It is important to remember that people are more likely to post only their happy milestones on social media not necessarily the tough and unpleasant ones.