Today's time can be called the era of social media and smartphones. In particular, people are using social media the most in the lockdown issued to prevent Coronavirus. After morning and before bedtime, every person is busy on social media. Social media has many effects on human life.
Mental health can also be affected by using more social media. Bailey Parnell, a digital marketer, and businesswoman spoke on social media and mental health in TED Talk. According to the news of Indian Express, let's know how social media can affect people's mental health and what to do to avoid it.
In today's tough time, social media is full of negativity and insensitivity. Many studies have shown that using social media more can increase the level of anxiety and depression to a great extent. Bailey said that 4 types of things work on social media, which can increase the stress level of any human being. These 4 points are-
1. To Be Highlighted
According to Bailey, on social media people start feeling insecure about why they are becoming less sensitive than others. He starts comparing himself to his friends, relatives and even unknown people on social media. Due to this, mental health starts getting affected.
2. Social Currency Means Likes And Comments
Bailey told that on social media people are also very attentive about likes and comments. People believe that only the likes and comments found on social media can tell their life's proper or unfair. Apart from this, the shares of his post can also reflect his thinking. Because of this, people start going through mental pressure.
People are most afraid of being left behind or missed on social media. He is always stressed about whether he has missed a trending topic that everyone knows. In this case, mental health is affected.
4. Online Balance
Many times people have to fall prey to online harassment on social media. Actually people discuss more about the dark side of people on social media. In this case, the stress level can increase to a great extent.
Bailey Parnell gave some safety tips to prevent mental health from excessive use of social media. According to him, it is very important to solve your problems first. To keep mental health right, it is very important to know what is the problem and how it can be solved. Bailey said that take what people are saying or telling on social media as a suggestion. Do not accept it as the goal of life.
Apart from this, awareness about many things is also very important. He also talked about improving the social media diet, that is, follow the same things that you need on social media. It is appropriate for mental health not to pay attention to the other useless things.
Just like people take a good diet for their physical health, in the same way a good diet (things) are needed for mental health. It is very important to be healthy about the things going on in the mind and heart.
At the same time, Bailey said that a good online experience also improves mental health and makes a model good behavior. Believe in ballet, social media does not always have a bad effect on mental health. Sometimes it makes you sad, sometimes it can make you laugh.
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