Social Media and our Mental Health


In the era of constant connectivity, social media has become an unavoidable part of our lives. Whether it be for work, entertainment, or as a source of information, social media has found its way into nearly every part of the digital world. While it offers numerous benefits, it also can also come with its share of drawbacks.

Some of the Benefits:

  1. Staying Connected in a Busy World. Life moves at an ever-increasing pace, and finding time to connect with friends and family can be a challenge. Social media can be a convenient platform to share life updates, photos, and milestones. It allows for a sense of closeness with people you don’t see often, no matter where they are.
  1. Building Communities and Finding Like-Minded Individuals. Social media can help in building communities and connecting like-minded individuals. Whether you’ve relocated or feel isolated, these platforms offer spaces where people with common interests, hobbies, or challenges can come together. Joining online groups can be a great way to meet new people, get advice, or even discover new interests.
  1. Creativity and Self-Expression. Beyond connections, social media can serve as a space for self-expression and creativity. Users can showcase their talents, art, and unique perspectives. It’s quite common that individuals find an environment that allows for feedback and encouragement from a wide range of audiences.


Some of the drawbacks can include.

  1. Constant Comparison. The constant exposure to curated content can lead to a psychological phenomenon known as the “comparison trap.” Social media often portrays an idealized version of others’ lives, creating unrealistic expectations for your own. This can sometimes lead to feelings that you aren’t good enough, or that your life isn’t where it “should be”.
  1. The Addictive Nature of Social Media. Social media platforms can sometimes lead to excessive usage. Notifications, algorithms, and the infinite scroll feature contribute to a desire to engage, sometimes at the expense of one’s mental health. Users may find themselves caught in a cycle of “mindless scrolling”, wasting hours on end, and ultimately feeling unproductive.
  1. Anonymous Commenting. The freedom of anonymous commenting can allow for open discussion, but also opens the door to cyberbullying and harmful comments. The psychological impact of receiving anonymous feedback, both positive and negative, can significantly influence mental well-being. Users may find themselves fixated on a comment from a stranger, or taking to heart an opinion from someone is not well informed about them.


Tips for Social Media Usage

If you find that social media usage may be taking up too much of your time, or perhaps is leading you to feel depressed or anxious, there are a few avenues you could consider:

  1. Deleting the apps for a period of time. This won’t necessarily delete your account, but it might allow a break from more habitual social media usage.
  1. Disabling notifications. You can try to limit your usage to specific times of the day, and for a specific duration of time.  Not having notifications can make it easier to set limits around your usage.
  1. Disabling comments. If you feel that people’s comments are unhelpful or have made you feel anxious and/or depressed, you can always disable comments on your posts.
  1. Challenging your thoughts. Remember that what you see may be only a small window into a person’s life that has perhaps been edited or filtered. It can be helpful to keep that in mind in the event that you are making any comparisons between what you see and your own life.


The content of this blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health provider or physician with any questions that you have regarding mental health concerns. If you think you have an emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

2024-02-12T09:27:20-05:00February 26th, 2024|
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