SOCIAL MEDIA’S IMPACT ON MENTAL STATE
Social media has made it fashionable to brag. Gone are the days of being gracious and humble. The closest thing you will see will be a picture of someone showing the sunset from their car with a small portion of their BMW symbol showing on their steering wheel.
From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, their is no shortage of apps and sites to show off why your life is so much better than everyone else.
Unfortunately, people fail to realize, these posts are perception based – not reality based. Photoshop is being used to change appearances and truths are being stretched in terms of possessions and experiences.
It is easy to see how one can get depressed with their own life, after scrolling through post after post about how great everyone else is portraying their life to be. With many of these apps being logged on at all times, with notifications being pushed to cell phones – people literally can not escape it.
Liking, following and commenting on posts and pictures are replacing true human interaction, which makes for less interaction in “real life”. This is a major concern. Interacting socially is necessary as one can not hide behind a computer forever.
I am shocked there has not been more press on the depression, jealousy and crime resulting from social media playing such a large part in the daily lives of children and adults alike.
Depression – seeing the unbelievable photos one person posted from Bora Bora to another friend getting engaged, while you are hopelessly single to another getting their dream job.
Jealousy – becoming envious of others and the lives they lead, ultimately does not improve yours or those you care about.
Crime – wanting to keep up with the Jones’ leads to stealing and using whatever means necessary to show they also live a great life.
Of course, there are some skeptics who maintain that only those with lower self-esteem will be negatively impacted by social comparison. And some studies found social media has benefited relationships by reinforcing connections made in real life – which makes sense, particularly when you are staying in touch with old friends whom you would otherwise have little to no contact with.
Still, a recent study that examined Facebook use and well-being suggests that social media, in large part, may be doing more harm than good.
Holly Shakya and Nicholas Christakis performed a study of Facebook at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and found that consistently like others’ content and clicking links significantly predicted a subsequent reduction in self-reported physical health, mental health and life satisfaction.
Outside of your health and quality of life suffering, your productivity also suffers greatly. Both productivity personally and professionally. Time away from your family, while sitting right next to them and time away from work, while in the office have become too common. It is truly a tragedy to see something hurting families, friendships and work productivity being discarded.
- YouTube has more than 300 hours of video uploaded every minute and over 5 billion watched each day.
- More than 3 million companies have created LinkedIn Company pages
- LinkedIn has over 100 million registered users
- Twitter has roughly 2 billion registered users
- Facebook has over 1 billion users worldwide
How Google Works
With a monopoly on online shopping, entering the grocery business and retail on the horizon, Amazon with their delivery Prime products are a company to be extra careful of. They have quickly taken over the needs for the traditional store for your everyday shopping.
While this may be convenient, with convenience comes concessions. Read their terms and conditions. Remember, if they decide to raise pricing you are at their mercy. Their goal is to be as big as possible. After putting out the smaller competitors, the prices come up – their overall goal is of course to make as much money as possible.
Your information is the most valuable product they own.