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  • Writer's pictureAmy Duffy-Barnes

The Unintended Consequences of Social Media on Mental Health

In today's world, social media has become an essential part of our daily lives. We use it to connect with our friends and family, to get news updates, to explore ideas and ways of being in the world, and even for our work. However, what we often forget is the impact that social media has on our mental health. In this article, we will explore the unintended consequences of social media on mental health and how we can craft a better experience for ourselves online.



The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

The internal monologue that Bailey Parnell describes in her talk is something that many of us can relate to. Social media has become a breeding ground for anxiety and depression, and numerous studies have linked high social media use with these mental health issues. The constant need for validation, the pressure to present a perfect life online, and the fear of missing out are just some of the factors that contribute to the negative impact of social media on mental health.

Crafting a Better Experience Crafting a better experience for ourselves online is crucial to protect our mental health. One way to do this is to limit our social media use. It's essential to recognize that we don't have to be online 24/7 and that it's okay to take breaks. We can also change the way we interact with social media. Instead of focusing on the number of likes and followers, we should shift our focus to meaningful connections with our friends and family. Social media can also be used to connect with new ideas, new hobbies, new lines of thinking, and ways of being in the world. We should also be mindful of the content we consume and make sure that it adds value to our lives.

Conclusion Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives, but it's essential to recognize the unintended consequences it has on our mental health. The constant need for validation and the pressure to present a perfect life online can lead to anxiety and depression. However, by crafting a better experience for ourselves online, we can protect our mental health. We can limit our social media use, change the way we interact with social media, and be mindful of the content we consume. By doing so, we can create a healthier relationship with social media and take care of our mental health.



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