Social Media and Mental Health

Social media is all around us. It’s part of our daily lives. Some have fears about the link between social media and mental health.

Between Facebook, Tik Tock, X, and Instagram, social media is a daily, if not hourly part of our lives. With the introduction of Facebook back in 2005, and even before that with MySpace, the ways to stay connected soon become infinite. As a result, this has created concern among mental health experts and rightfully so.

There have been many studies on the effects of social media as it relates to mental health. The fact that social media is such a part of our lives is not the concern. People will always find a way to connect with others and social media allows us to do this easier. The concern again is the mental health aspect.

One of the main groups of people that researchers have concerns about is the teenage market. Many studies have been done on the effects of social media on teenage mental health. In fact, the Pew Research Center did a study back just last year. I will link the article here. That stats are very eye opening.

Social Media and Mental Health

For example, I did not grow up with this type of technology, I find the results of some of the research not only interesting, but a commentary on how much our lives have changed in the last 20 or so years. In addition, I was one who grew up with just dial up internet, chat rooms, and the occasional instant message. Now we can literally see every aspect of someone’s life at the flip of a finger.

Teens, Social Media and Mental Health

Teens are more likely to scroll through Instagram or TikTock and feel bullied, not worthy, or any number of negative emotions that effect their mental health. Furthermore, the result of such feelings and effects on their mental are frequently not be seen right away making it even more difficult to get the teen the proper mental health help they need.

I’m not bashing social media. My intent with this post was to share my feeling about how this potentially great tool can turn our mental health into a minefield if we’re not careful. I do want to say that both kids and adults share the responsibility for their mental health as it relates to social media. It’s also on the parents to try and monitor their teens for signs of mental health issues as it relates so the consumption of social media.

Honestly, I’m glad we didn’t have this when I was younger because I firmly believe that it would have made my formative years VERY much more difficult than they already were.

Well, that’s it for this week! Go check out a previous entry on therapy and how it’s not a bad thing here. Until next week, be well and namaste!

12 thoughts on “Social Media and Mental Health”

  1. Ah the dial up days! And let’s not forget those chat rooms and the oh so rewarding…”You’ve got mail!”

    I cannot imagine being bombarded with all the different social media in the tumultuous teen years.

    1. Hi LG!

      Yeah, I see what kids deal with now and it’s honestly scary AF! I am glad we didn’t have this when we were growing up. Like I said in the article, it would have made a difficult time even moreso!

  2. I believe that parents play a critical role in preventing kids from engaging in social media at least in the initial teen age years. Thanks for spreading awareness on this topic!

    1. Hi Hari,

      I agree 100%! It starts with the parents. I am not advocating for “spying” on the kids but keeping their use limited and making sure they know that if things are bad, they can and SHOULD remove themselves from Social Media and let the parents know so it can be taken care of!

  3. I cannot imagine being a kid in today’s world- constantly comparing, being influenced to buy the latest and greatest, and defining self-worth on likes/ and follows. It’s even hard as an adult. Thank you for spreading awareness.

    1. Hi Elizabeth!

      Small doses is right. Even I find myself “overchecking” my social media sometimes and I’m 40 lol. I think we all should monitor ourselves because we all can be subject to the emotional and mental health pitfalls of social media 🙂

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