Social Media Can Be Damaging

Mya Folden, Reporter

Social media has always had negative aspects and can be damaging to mental health. Social media may promote negative experiences such as inadequacy about your life or appearance, fear of missing out, isolation, depression and anxiety, and cyberbullying.

 

Even if you know that images, you’re viewing on social media are influenced, they can still make you feel insecure about how you look are what’s going on in your life.

 

“We all know that other people tend to share just the highlights of their lives, rarely the low points that everyone experiences,” said junior Sydnie Stevenson

 

The idea that you’re missing out on certain things can impact your self-esteem, trigger anxiety, and cause even more social media use. Fear of missing out can cause you to pick up your phone every few minutes to check for updates, or respond to every notification.

 

“I definitely think the fear of missing out is big part of why I check my phone all the time and respond a lot because I want to know what’s going on and not miss anything,” said Stevenson

 

High usage of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram increases rather than decreases feelings of loneliness. Reducing social media usage can actually make you feel less lonely and isolated and improve your overall wellbeing.

 

“I do feel less lonely on social media as I talk to people through snap chat and get comments/likes on my Instagram posts,” said Stevenson

 

Human beings need fact-to-face contact to be mentally healthy. Nothing reduces stress and boosts your mood faster or more effectively than eye-to-eye contact with someone who cares about you.

 

“I am more of a in person girl when it comes to talking to people because it’s more fun to actually hang out with people in person and not just talk to people over the phone,” said Stevenson

 

A lot of teens report being bullied on social media. Social media platforms can be hotspots for spreading hurtful rumors, lies, and abuse that can leave lasting emotional scars.

 

“I take cyberbullying really seriously as I see it all the time and as it has happened to me personally and it is very hurtful to see the things that people say to you over social media it is very damaging,” said Stevenson