Understanding the Relationship Between Depression and Social Media

In my previous post, I mentioned that I will discuss the relationship between social media and depression. 

There are certain teenagers who suffer from depression related to social media, and they neither know about their depressive state nor how to get out of it. 

The power of social media can not be overestimated, but while we review its effects on teenagers, the use is becoming more dangerous for teenagers. The numerous disadvantages of social media are taking a toll on the mental health of many individuals and if each individual does not learn, it will cause more harm than good. 

What is Social Media?

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.

What are the Benefits of Social Media?

1. Build relationships 

Social media is not just about brands connecting with their customers. Social media has provided a means by which you can have your own family online, people of like minds and values.

2. Share your expertise 

Social media gives you an opportunity to talk about what you know and what you want to be known for.

3. Increase your Visibility 

For business owners and brand owners, your social media handles afford you to take your business and ideas to the world.  With the aid of ads and promotions on whatever platform you are, you can be visible to your clients, both within your locality and country.

4. Educate yourself 

There are tons of good articles, audio books, TED videos, live stream videos that appear on your news feed each time you log in to your social media accounts. This depends on the people and pages you follow. With social media, you can learn every day, ask questions, read new books, be part of a challenge. 

5. Connect anytime

Facebook gives us the option to send a message to your friends, it also helps with a wave option if the person is a new friend.

{Related: Social Media is Beyond Just Socializing}


How Social Media Increases the Risk of Depression

Depression is a serious medical illness that affects how you feel. Social media increased our risk of depression due to so many factors that will be listed in this article.

1. Inferiority complex

Do you know social media can change your perception about life and your values?

Yes,  I will explain that.

Using Instagram as a case study, Instagram seems to be where the rich folks live, where skits on the latest videos are being uploaded. Each time you see or watch some of these videos, you begin to see yourself becoming someone else. You take pictures and filter them, you try to trend as well, and sometimes try to make skits on every trendy topic. 

It is really a good thing to be trendy, but the moment you feel inferior before doing a skit on the latest trend or joined the dance, picture campaign, then something is wrong. 

This also explains how teenagers get engrossed in pornography, sex chatting, and online dating.

 2.  Do you know that the lack of a close relationship is the strongest predictor of depression?

One of the things teenagers of this generation is missing is having a good and healthy relationship with their friends at home and school. 

While some parents go to work and come back late, teenagers stay glued to the screen of their phones and laptops, chatting with random strangers. The moment they switch off the internet connection on their phone, they suddenly feel lonely.

3. Most social media users are addicted to social media, they find it difficult to concentrate in class without touching their phones. 

In understanding the relationship between social media and depression, you need to understand that life is not always true and green on social media. 

The fact that your classmate won a scholarship and posted it on Facebook does not make you less to such a person. 

Depression related to social media comes as a result of comparison of life results. You must learn not to compare your results and progress with followers on social media. 

You must also learn to be happy without an external factor. 

Interact with strangers, but don’t base your happiness on the number of likes on your pictures and posts. 

How do you Overcome Depression from Social Media

  •   Live at your own level
  •   Appreciate the things you have
  •   Believe that social media exist because someone offline built it
  •   Spend more time with families
  •   Call your friends rather than chat with them
  •   Make phone calls on your relatives birthday
  •   Learn to be happy at your level

I hope this helps?

If you have any question on overcoming depression from social media, drop your questions and it will be attended too.

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