Social Media and Mental Health

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By: Milan Merlo

Growing up as a millennial in the time of technology, social media has had a prominent role in my life and those around me. Social media began as a means to communicate, connect and share amongst each other. It began as a wonderful idea and spun into something almost everyone has. Although social media has its endless benefits, it has its faults. Mental health for example has become an innocent by standard in the war of having the perfect online presence. Insecurity is easily created when one looks at other “lives” on social media and envy what someone elses life may look like. This “life” that we see on social media is idealized and created to look better than it really is. This can cause depression and a decrease in self confidence.

 

The list goes on with social anxiety, cyber bullying, fatigue, stress and emotion suppression as results of social media. Everything has its pitfalls but social media has become such a power house and such a norm, that people forget that there is a real life outside of social media. People lose the healthy relationship they have with the online world and let it mess with their head. People need to make sure they take time off. There is such a thing as social media addiction and it is so common that they have even created a scale to rate it. These habits will continue to increase as children are born into a social media consumed world. I think it is important for everyone to find their balance between the real world and the online world.

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UNT Eagle Strategies

Class members of the social media class in the Mayborn School of Journalism