Social Media: a Bigger Harm to Mental Health Than You Think


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“You’re not perfect” and “you’re not worth it” are the comments on a person’s post on social media. This person is dealing with bad mental health.

Social media is made to be for entertainment, connecting with friends and family, and spreading awareness not for bully or harassing others. Social media is addicting and can cause anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. Not only that, but it causes body image issues, a false sense of connection, cyberbullying, irregular sleep patterns, fear of missing out and so much more.

Social media started as a platform where people would connect with each other and find people that they haven’t seen/talked to in a while, but it was taken the whole other way of cyberbullying and harassment. It not only affects teenagers, but people of all ages. Social media shows people of others’ lives and bodies and how “perfect” they are, but the truth is, even though people post their “perfect lives” on Instagram, Snapchat, or any social media platform, it really doesn’t show anything of what they are actually going through in their lives. People tend to believe everything they see on social media, which can lower their self-esteem and increase their social anxiety.

Never let social media define you or your character, YOU DO YOU!