However, using social media more frequently increases FOMO and feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, and isolation. In turn, these feelings negatively affect mood and worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Social networks change the way we think. In addition, social networks can affect our mental health and there is a good deal of evidence that they make people feel more anxious and depressed.
Social networks have unconsciously changed the way we think. I think it has made us more superficial and has increased the shallowness in our society. Through social networks, standards and norms are more publicized; therefore, they have become more frequent in our lives. There's no doubt that it gives us an incredibly unrealistic view of what life is or should be.
I began to see lives as Instagram profiles, like those packages that can be summarized, as if a human life were an entity made up of fixed things. It's also worth noting that social media isn't, of course, the only factor that could be contributing to the increase in poor mental health outcomes. And as the culture of social networks has exploded, so have the most abstract disadvantages, such as their impact on mental health. Extensive surveys among adolescents have revealed that intensive use of social networks is associated with lower psychological well-being, including serious disorders such as depression and suicidal ideation.
The most promising and sustainable solutions include education on how to use social media in a healthy and productive way. In addition to offering young people a window through which they can see lost experiences, social networks distort appearances and reality. Well, the tendency of others to distort reality (through selective posts) on their social networks can make some feel that everyone else has a better life than the viewer. The social media platform Instagram made headlines last year for suppressing “likes” in an effort to curb the comparisons and hurt feelings associated with the popularity of sharing content.
But when you said that social networks make people obsessed with knowing what is happening in the lives of others, especially with the need to show their own lives, I explained it a lot to me. The limited group showed a significant reduction in loneliness and depression during those three weeks compared to the group that continued to use social media. A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked young people aged 14 to 24 in the United Kingdom how social media platforms affected their health and well-being. Social networks negatively affect behavior by depriving children of important social cues that they would normally learn through in-person communication.
Research has shown that people who use social media frequently have higher levels of negative emotions, such as envy and isolation.