The relationship between social media and mental health is complex, as social media takes over more and more of our lives. Many people instantly assume social media has a negative effect on mental health, but can there be positive effects too?
Social media seriously harms your mental health.
Social media makes us compare ourselves to others
The way social media portrays the lives of others as perfect means that it makes us compare ourselves to the people we see online.
Social media causes dopamine highs and is thus addictive
Social media induces a chemical change in our brains, damaging our mental capacity over time. With every like and follow, the brain releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, effectively causing the brain to rewire itself to constantly crave social media.
Social media has the power to positively impact our mental health.
Social media connects us to positive messages
Social media facilitates the spread of positive messages that people would not otherwise be privy to.
Social media connects us to far away loved ones
While previously it was exceedingly difficult to contact those who live far away, it is easier than ever to keep in touch with loved ones.
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