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Is Social Media Contributing to Your Depression?

January 28, 2019 Brandy Eaklor

Social media and depression may not seem to be connected when you're happy for what your friends post. Even so, social media can make depression worse.

Social media can contribute to depression. Social media does have benefits: it is a powerful tool we can use to stay connected to friends and family and even allows us the ability to meet new friends from all over the world. While scrolling through the feed may seem harmless, and even if you do not notice it at the time, social media can contribute to depression. 

Why Social Media May Be Contributing to Your Depression

You Compare Yourself to Others

When you log in to social media, you instantly get a look into the lives of others. You see that a friend got engaged or your coworker's latest vacation photos. At that moment, you probably are actually feeling genuinely excited for their accomplishments and happy moments. However, the more and more you scroll, it can be so easy to think to yourself, "What am I doing with my life?" or find yourself jealous of what others have or are doing with their time.

Social Media Overstimulates You

If you are someone who easily feels overloaded by information, then social media may be a big trigger for your depression. There are so many different apps, and people are constantly adding more and more content. Essentially, it is a place where you can get never-ending information. This can feel overwhelming, especially when you have notifications constantly reminding you to check your apps.

Negativity on Social Media Affects You

On one end of the spectrum, you will see others sharing their highlight reel. Then, on the other end, you can experience a lot of negativity on social media. There are so many arguments, conflicting political opinions, and people brain-dumping their stress into their feed. Constantly experiencing this negativity is enough to make anyone feel frustrated.

Social Media and Depression Tips

Unplug Regularly

Removing yourself from social media on a regular basis will help you connect back to the world outside of what's online. It also gives you a chance to let your mind slow down, and remember the things in life that are important to you.

Don't Pressure Yourself When Online

Being aware is the first step to avoid comparing yourself to the lives of others. If you catch yourself feeling jealous, remind yourself that nothing is what it seems online. When you are posting online yourself, try not to feel pressured to show up in a certain light. 

Do you feel like social media is contributing to your depression? If you have any tips on social media and depression, share them in the comments.

Sources

  1. Baines, Wesley, "7 Ways Social Media is Making You Depressed." Beliefnet, January 2019.

APA Reference
Eaklor, B. (2019, January 28). Is Social Media Contributing to Your Depression?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, March 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/toughtimes/2019/1/is-social-media-contributing-to-your-depression



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Chong Chien Chien
January, 30 2019 at 7:15 pm

Yes. Especially when someone is offering me heaps of money to buy my goods to sell overseas but I end up paying them for nothing.

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