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Social Media or Social Depression

Have you ever scrolled though your social media and started thinking 'that looks fun, I want to do that' or begin to slightly judge others for their post on social media because they are having 'fun' and you may be 'doing nothing'.

As a result, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Studies have suggested young users who use social media everyday are more likely to fall into the category of developing a mental health illness.

So why is this such a big issue?

The reason to why social media such as Snapchat or Instagram can have a huge impact on our mood is because we begin to 'judge' others of their happiness. When we are scrolling though social media we always make slight judgements to others post which can effect our mood. When we see others having fun either travelling, partying, meeting up with friends this can send a message to our brain making us feel 'neglected', 'alone' or 'depressed'.

This is why social media advocates should be promoting healthy, inspirational post to help the young generation in making them feel good about themselves. By posting mindfulness quotes and inspirational figures can motivate the young generation to utilise their talent, skills and knowledge in many different aspects of their life though the powerful platform of social media.


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