Only established in the last 20 or so years, social media is completely intertwined in modern day society.
On average, adults have been found to check their phone up to 150 times per day (Huffington Post), with the majority of phone usage linked to social media use.
In addition, research has found that 77% of workers reported use of social media at work. Social media is integral to the majority of our lives.
Social media, including platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, is a powerful tool which most people use in order to connect to others. Social media has connected people outside of the world’s geographical limits, connecting like-minded people that might never have met, enabling the sharing of knowledge and creating communities.
However, social media has also been used as a platform for cyber bullying and seen as a means of comparing your life to millions of others’ idealised lives, leading to disconnection and anxiety.
Therefore, this month we ask: is social media damaging to our mental health?
Research in this area is incredibly mixed however, key findings have been summarised below.
Research is mixed around social media and its relationship to mental health, with positives and negatives both being found. This is due to:
Therefore, social media isn’t inherently bad or good. However, research has found that it is our relationship to social media that determines its impacts on mental health.
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