Social media is a place that allows for media anywhere to be seen around the world. A connection between people is incredibly easy over the internet. I never thought too much about how the constant use of social media could affect mental health, until recently.
I plan to major in psychology in college. Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. It’s super intriguing because it provides a deeper understanding of why humans do what they do. A deeper understanding of where a person’s behavior and thinking are needed.
The effect of social media is interesting. On one hand, social media battles loneliness and boredom through easy communication. The ability to take a peek into someone’s life through posts is very fun, coming from a user. On the other hand, the facade that social media allows people to set up creates a distorted reality. This distorted reality causes people to question their own. “Am I good enough”? “Why am I so ugly”? “I’ll never be as cool as them.”
Let’s think about who uses social media the most. Teenagers. Teenagers are super impressionable, self-conscious, and are the least self-aware of how their minds work. The second-highest cause of death by teens is suicide. People, teens especially, who are most vulnerable to being overwhelmed by their emotions: depression, anxiety, stress, need to understand why they feel the way they do. Why they do the things they do before they start using social media. Our society needs to change its perspective on mental health. A person needs to understand themselves to be successful, to be happy.
Our society is currently being damaged by widespread mental health issues. Although social media can destroy a person’s confidence and hope for the future, there are many more contributing factors to our decline. Negative feelings form in many different ways. Something as minuscule and insignificant as tripping in front of your crush. Or something with the magnitude to change who you are as a person; like childhood trauma. We need to be taught to notice and healthily act on our feelings and thoughts.