Friday, February 19, 2021

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH

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WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

Social media is an online platform where you can share your ideas, views and opinion to one and other all across the world. It is a computer – based technology which connects you virtually to one another. Some common social media platform in today’s date is twitter, face book, instagram, LinkedIn etc.

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

Mental health is the state of our mind in includes our emotional, social, and physical well being. It affect all our action like how we react, how we handle stress and also help in decision making process. Mental health is very important for our body to function normally and it is needed at every stage of our life. It is a state of well being where individual realizes its own ability and cope with stress and tension in his/her own way.

SOCIAL MEDIA ROLE IN MENTAL HEALTH

We all knew that human beings are social creatures. We need people in our life to live our life and the person who is there in our life leaves great impacts on our mental status also. Socially connected help us to get relief from problems like stress, anxiety and depression easily and make our life comfort, joyful and happy. But on the other side lacking a great social media connection can also leads to disturb your mental and emotional health.

In today’s date we all are very much connected to social media in one or the other way. There are many social media platform like snap chat, face book, instagram etc. where you find people and get connected to them. We know there are advantages of social media but at the end it can’t replace the real-world human connection.

Social media, a technology which is there to connect people to bring happiness and joy but at the end having millions of friends in social media can also leave you feel lonely and alone in real- world. Spending a lot of time in social media at the end leads to feelings of sadness, loneliness and dissatisfaction.

POSITIVE SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

·       You can be virtually present for all your loved ones.

·       Can find new friends with same interest and ambitious.

·       Join and promote social cause.

·       Take or give emotional support when ever needed.

·       Can keep your views and ideas in front of all.

·       Discover source and information for learning

NEGATIVE SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

·       Lack of information about individual

·       Fear of missing out(FOMO)

·       Isolation

·       Depression and Anxiety

·       Cyber bullying

·       Self-absorption

Every coin has two side positive and negative its on you which side you want in your life. Social media can be useful also if you use it in a good way but if it start to control  your lifestyle then it’s bad for you as it directly affects your mental health.

SIGNS TO KNOW SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

We all are different from each other and the time we spend in social media is also different in all of us.

Indicators that show your social platform is affecting your mental health are:

·       You start to spend more time on social media than the real world.

·       You start to compare yourself to others life and try to adequate their lifestyle.

·       Because of social media you start to get distracted from your work.

·       You start to give all time on social platform and start neglecting your own personality.

·        Faces problem in sleeping like you can’t sleep without checking your social account or you wake and firstly check the account.

·       Start developing symptoms of depression and anxiety

·       You start to do things just for getting like and you start to post each and every moment of your life in social platform.

·       Experience cyber bullying.

CHANGING SOCIAL MEDIA USE TO PROTECT MENTAL HEALTH

1: Reduce time

·       Start to use app to track the time used in social media and day by day try to reduce the time period.

·       Try to turn off the phone for sometime every day.

·       Don’t sleep with phone.

·       Hide your social media notification to get disturbed during work.

·       If possible do not use all social media platform one is enough.

2: Spend more time with offline friends

·       Meet your friends and family once every month.

·       Join a club

·       Make new friends offline or get connected to old offline friends in case you not in touch.

·       Interact with people around you.

·       Try to develop confidence in face-to-face talks.

Today we all are connected to social media in one or other way. It is important to have a social life but it should not affect your physical and mental health. Today we are living away from our loved one and with the help of this virtual platform social media we are connected to them but the use of this platform should be limited. Social platform is good until it does not harm your mental peace if it starts to harm your mental peace then staying away is the only choice.

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