Thank you for joining us as we continue to look at the impact that social media has on your mental health. In our previous post, we explored the link between social media and feelings of anxiety, depression, and worthlessness. Below, we'll continue the series. If you need a psychologist in Raleigh, NC that you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
While social media channels like Instagram and Facebook were rated the worst for your well-being in a study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, the study did conclude that one social media platform had a positive effect on the people who interacted with it as well. YouTube received the highest ratings overall for adding value to its users' lives.
Regular YouTube users reported feeling less depressed, anxious or lonely after being on the platform and using it regularly. Scoring high in classifications like self-expression, community building, and awareness, YouTube promotes a feeling of community and support, something that many heavy social media users crave. The only negative that YouTube had was that users reported getting less sleep than other social media users.
More and more experts are recommending that those who are feeling caught in the comparison trap on social media do a digital detox. A survey from the popular UK newspaper The Telegraph says that people check their phones an average of 27 times per day. In the digital age, people spend more time online than they do sleeping. As a result, many people feel the need to unplug a little and dial back their social media consumption. Here are some ways to scale back your usage:
- Only on Your Laptop - Delete social media apps off your phone and only use them when you log on to your laptop. This keeps you from absently surfing at the stoplight or while out with friends. Taking away the distraction allows you to be more fully present.
- Choose a Favorite - If there is one platform you really love, like Twitter or Instagram, only use that platform. Focusing your energy in one place can help eliminate the need to keep up with everyone and everything.
- Deactivate Your Account - Take a social media break while on vacation or if you're working on an important deadline at work. Eliminating the need to share every detail about your getaway or complaining about your boss or lazy coworkers can improve your feelings of depression and anxiety significantly.
- No Notifications - Turning off the notifications on your device means that you have to want to check your feeds. Without the blinking light to signal that you need to respond you won't feel compelled to stop what you're doing just to check in. If you're not being notified, you can feel free to check in on your schedule.
- Deep Clean Your Feed - Follow the people and causes that you actually care about and identify with. Eliminate the noise and clutter of those people you don't really know and that thing you have no intention of doing.
- Give Up Control - Have a friend change your password to keep you off social media during vacation or while studying for a big test. If you can't log in, you can't be distracted.
Taking a 30 day detox from social media or even a small break can improve your mindset and mood. Many users report that even a short break from social media reduced their feelings of jealousy and anxiety and made them feel more positive.
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