Why Social Media Is Bad for Mental Health

 In Mental Health

Adequate mental health is crucial within a teenager’s life. Mental health can be affected negatively by many different things, including social media. Here at Adolescent Wellness Academy, we understand that the lives of teens can be influenced by the world around them and we want to help them find positive influences to build their self-esteem. 

What Is Social Media?

Social media is a way for individuals to communicate with each other and share information about their lives on the internet. It’s a tool that can be used to create content and share it with the public. Social media can be used in many different ways. For some it could be that they wish to share aspects of their life with the ones that they love. For companies, it could be free advertisement and a way to get their name out in the world. For influencers, it could be their job, what they make their money on. However you use social media, it can be something that is beneficial, but it can also be something that is detrimental to mental health. 

How Bad Is Social Media for Your Mental Health? 

Social Media affects mental health in many different ways. For teenagers, it can be self diminishing and be a component in lowering their self-esteem. Social media involves a lot of pictures and influences that can be used to compare oneself with. Comparison is one of the main reasons for low self-esteem within the social media world. Social media has influencers, who portray a “perfect” life and have the “perfect” body (everybody is different so there is not a set perfect body style).  This is a cause for comparison, and puts pressure on teenagers to feel like they need to try harder to be good enough. Another thing about social media that individuals seem to forget is that everyone who posts on social media, posts their “best life.” Meaning that when someone posts on social media, they leave out the icky, messy parts of their life because it’s not necessarily something that they wish to share with the world.

 

Don’t Let Social Media Ruin Your Mental Health

Stress can be induced by social media, especially when consuming a large amount a day. Social media can also be addicting with mindless scrolling, photoshop, and much more. Here are some tips to help relieve the stress caused by social media:

 

  • Use in moderation – When consuming social media, it may be helpful to put restrictions on the amount of social media that you consume a day. Putting limits on the amount of social media that an individual uses can not only help to stop comparison, but it can also help in putting down the devices and having meaningful conversations with others.
  • Focus on positivity – Find accounts or content that provide positivity, whether emotional, mental, or spiritual. This uplifting content can put a new light on social media, and be beneficial for wellbeing, instead of breaking it down. 
  • Create meaningful content – Use social media in a way of uplifting others. This can not only assist in rising the self-esteem of others, but also the self-esteem of oneself. Creating uplifting content is crucial to changing the algorithm of social media and society.
  • Spend more time off the phone, than on the phone. – In these unprecedented times, it may be difficult to find peace within the world, but consuming media is not the way to create a happy mindspace. Spending more time off the phone, than on the phone can be crucial in developing a happy lifestyle and healthier habits. Use this time to spend with loved ones, in nature, or self-care.

 

How Adolescent Wellness Academy Can Help

Here at Adolescent Wellness Academy, we provide assistance in helping teenagers overcome their addiction while maintaining sobriety and relieving the symptoms of our clients co-occurring disorders. If you’re worried about your teenager’s social media usage, feel free to share this blog with them or read it together. If you feel like your teenager is struggling with addiction or mental health, please reach out to us today. 

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