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How does social media affect mental health?

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 is bad for your mental health

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. Explore

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. Explore

Social media has a positive impact on your mental health

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. Explore

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. Explore

This page was last edited on Thursday, 12 Mar 2020 at 08:45 UTC


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