The unavoidable truth – are we compromising our mental well-being in our attempt to connect?
We are social creatures, our desire to connect to others in the world is age old. However, are we truly connecting? Unconsciously caressing our screens, ‘checking in’ to reveal a sub-conscious comparison to the other.
‘A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2017 surveyed 7,000 19- to 32-year-olds and found that those who spend the most time on social media were twice as likely to report experiencing social isolation, which can include a lack of a sense of social belonging, engagement with others and fulfilling relationships.
Spending more time on social media, the researchers said, could displace face-to-face interaction, and can also make people feel excluded.
“Exposure to such highly idealised representations of peers’ lives may elicit feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and more successful lives, which may increase perceived social isolation.”’
The reality is that social media affects people differently. Like many aspects of our lives – perhaps it is about instilling balance?
For information on how social media potentially impacts, take the time to click the following link; https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/social-media-mental-health-negative-effects-depression-anxiety-addiction-memory-a8307196.html