In a world where we connect with the outside society from a simple click of a button we should consider, is this online phenomenon accountable for various mental health problems? We’ve all been there, the urge to pick up the phone as soon as we hear the all too familiar and all encompassing “DING” of the controlling cellular device. Sometimes you check your phone just to see the time, weather or to read the latest news and realise that you are thoughtlessly stuck on Facebook, Instagram, and the latest craze, Tik Tok, in a hypnotic state mindlessly scrolling. Social media is such an enormous part of our lives, but have you ever thought of how it affects your emotional well-being in particular? Within our current society, 80% of our population hold some form of a social account. The purpose of social media is to communicate and develop connections with others, but sometimes we can also face cyberbullying, trolls, negative comparisons, sleep deprivation, and less regular face-to-face interactions. Don’t let your online presence diminish your interpersonal and conversational skills, take your head out of the phone and appreciate the beauty of the outside world, rather than just snapping it up on your phone camera. Read ahead to learn 3 key indicators that your mental health could be adversely impacted by social media without you knowing it.

Keyboard warriors

Getting involved in the realms of social media can open you up to various threats and leads to potential mental and physical circumstances either from someone you know or from strangers. More often than not, young people are targeted from overseas catfish like personas who prey on the innocent and unknowing. There is a reason that social media has an age limit and if you ask us, it should be a lot higher than 13. Anyone who has created a public profile runs the risk of being stalked or trolled. Cyberbullying and trolling are linked to depression, anxiety, and an increased risk of negative thoughts. Always keep your account of private and only add those whom you genuinely know and have a relationship with. To all Blue Mountains Phoenix reading parents, please monitor your child’s social media as it is one of the biggest killers for the youth of Australia and around the globe.

Feeling isolated.

Social networking provides a positive platform for making new friends no matter where they are located, the alluring thing about social media is that you can have hundreds or thousands of friends and followers from all around the world. But it is hard to develop empathy and compassion “engaging” online rather than in person and in the long run, this could make you feel isolated. When the world of your personalised social media has taken its turn to say goodnight, the consumer often feels a sheer lack of boredom and empty inside. Limit how much time you spend on social media into distinct intervals, that way you can get you fix all the while engaging with human interaction.

Sleep deprivation

Stop training to be first time parents to a newborn who can't sleep through the night. The longer that blue light on your phone stays on the harder it is to get the essential 6-8 hours sleep necessary for proper cognitive function throughout the day. The time when you are supposed to sleep, most of us prefer to spend surfing on Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok for the viral content that impedes your sleeping hours. Be strict with yourself. Set yourself a time to go to sleep and ignore the phone. Wipe away all notifications, pop your phone on silent and get the rest that you so desperately need.

Don’t allow social media to run your life, remember that the only person who controls you, is you!

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