A new study on Social media and its effect on health
Excessive of anything is harmful to health including watching TV, working, exercising. How can you forget about the social media effect?
In the past few years, the use of social media has become an important part of life, which is impacting our daily life. Around 40% of the world’s population uses online social media and spends on an average of two hours every day in sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on social media platforms, according to some reports.
Some interesting facts about social networking sites:
- As per the National Center for Health Research, the most popular social media platforms are Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
- According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of people having an age of 18-24-year use Snapchat, while 71% use Instagram, and 68% use Facebook.
- 94% of 18-24 years olds use YouTube and 45% use Twitter.
Many times question arises whether social media is good or bad for us? Considering the recent studies, it has been revealed that excessive use of social media can affect your mental health for a long time.
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How social media affect our mental health?
There are a number of ways that social media can influence your health.
Internet addiction disorder:
People who are addicted to social media may experience negative side effects on health such as eye strain, unbalanced routine, lack of sleep.
Social media is influencing everyone’s life to that limit as it compelled people to compare their own life with the other’s unrealistic world. Comparing continuously leads to dissatisfaction and consequently a cause of depression, stress, and anxiety.
Teen generation is still not enough smart to judge the intentions of others, which trap them in the worst situation. Such situations even force them to commit suicide. A recent statistic shows that the teen between the age of 8-11 years, 35% of them have their own smartphones.
Spending a lot of time on social media could impact on young people’s sleep in multiple ways. For example, it might lead to reduced sleep duration, curious about the new incoming alerts in the night and fear of missing out on new content. Such type of social media addiction could cause sleep disruptions and adversely impact your health.
Apart from the health impact, many people are struggling with trolls, toxic comparisons, and cyberbullying because of the use of social media.
Which is the top country using social media at its peak?
The Philippines has recognized with the highest social media usage rate in the world. If we talk about the average time spend by the Philippines users, then it is three hours and 57 minutes every day on social media. It is nearly one-third of the time they spend on the internet daily (nine hours and 29 minutes).
Few interesting key takeaways from Global Digital Report 2019 about social media & users:
- In 2019, the number of worldwide internet users is 4.388 billion, 9.1% up on year-on-year.
- In 2019, the number of worldwide social media users is 3.484 billion, up 9% on year-on-year.
- The number of mobile phone users is 5.112 billion, 2% up on year-on-year.
- As of January 2019, mobile social media penetration was high in Asian countries due to mobile-first connectivity.
We all are aware of the disadvantages of social media and it’s a negative impact on our life but the influential level of social media is so high.
However, one can still control it by thinking how the long hours wasted online on social media can be channeled to productive activities.
Remedy to get rid of Social media :
Ask a few questions yourself like,
- How much time is sufficient to use social media?
- How can I connect with people I care about in other ways, such as meeting in person?