How does Social Media like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter affect your brain?


Social media is linked to depression

Crazy right?

In a study by Computers in Human Behavior, researchers have evidence suggesting that the more social media accounts you have, the more likely you are to be depressed. It is extremely easy to have multiple accounts that you check daily, and many of us have a Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat app install on our phones (the study suggested that 71% of teams have more than one social media account).

The precise definition of depression is feelings of severe despondency and dejection.

This definition is still too complicated to explain however, so lets break it down a bit more.

Referring to the precise definition of depression: ‘Despondency’ means a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage and ‘dejection’ means low spirits.

Now that we’ve explained (or tried) what depression feels like let’s explore why social media screws you up without you knowing it.

First of all, the developers of social media platforms are extremely intelligent people. They study a lot of psychology and its recent findings. This gives them an edge because it makes their social media platform more user-friendly and addictive (e.g. Snapchat filters) and not to mention we get to see hilarious posts and what are friends and family have been up to.

Here comes what we don’t consciously think about with social media.

What happens what you see your peer get a new car?

A bit of jealous maybe?

It’s totally normal to feel that way. However, while being a member of this generation you have to understand two things: (1) everyone works on difference time scale (2) we tend to only show the good aspects of our lives on social media. No one is happy all the time and we are going to have ups and downs in life.

This ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ mentality is causing depression. Be aware of it.

When you glow up, people will see you in the same way. It is an everlasting cycle and a way to combat depression.

That is right I said it, glowing up or working on yourself and loving yourself combats depression.

Another way to access the problem is to just go on a social media diet. I just deleted all my apps, but that may not work for everyone. Force yourself to decrease the time you spent on multiple social medias.


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