5 Social Media Habits That Are Harmful To Your Health


1. Comparing Yourself To Others

Usually, a little healthy competition that’s bolstered by social proof (or unapologetically boasting online) is something that almost everyone is guilty of doing, and in most cases . is somewhat highly encouraged. However, when it crosses over to users having to compare themselves to others on social media, the aftermath could be unhealthy both physically and mentally. Situations like this often lead to bullying or low self-esteem for the individuals involved.

According to a study on social media, and specifically, the self-esteem and anxiety based around it, 50 percent of the 298 participants said social media use has decreased their quality of living. They also reported that by comparing their accomplishments to those of others on social media, their self-esteem had taken a hint and in some length, suffered.

2. Engaging In Negative Interactions

It’s safe to say that most of us, if not all of us have gotten into a little heat or a friendly debate with someone on social media. While it may be tempting to voice your point of view and to speedily comment your concerns, professionals have voiced that you should try to choose your internet battles wisely, as it can impact your mental health in the long run.

According to professionals, we should only be reacting hastily on a post if it helps to let the feelings out, although professionals encourage writing a comment, they also encourage individuals to not actually post it. This technique allows you to get your feelings out without experiencing future negative consequences that may appear later on.

3. Obsessing Over Likes

After sharing a new photo or status, many of us admit to having the habit of checking back to see who has liked it and how many likes the post has accumulated. However, being obsessed with how many likes, comments, or shares you get on social media can be detrimental to your health, and can even be as extreme as an addiction for some people. Why exactly? it’s understood that the amount of likes a picture or post receives can influence a person’s mood and self-esteem.

It’s common for even the most popular Instagram influencers to admit that they’re obsessed with their likes and new followers to a fault. The problem here is that this takes up your mental capacity to pay attention to other things, and to truly enjoy being present; It increases your anxiety, and need to check for more.

4. Publicly Shaming

Public shaming is now a common practice among most social media users, so much so that the behaviour is now even normalised among youth. However, by using social media to encourage others to bully someone, you’re also a participant in the ongoing epidemic of cyberbullying.

It’s now a very common occurrence to have an individual post something they relate to, whether it be a status, a photo, or even just sharing something funny posted by another page, and suddenly have an individual – or in some cases, many individuals verbally attack and bully them online by making them feel uncomfortable in various ways. In some cases, the instances have led to the stories reaching media outlets from all around the world and have in turn resulted in attackers being identified by family, friends and even their boss, and consequently resulted in individuals being fired from their jobs.

5. Using Social Media Before Bed

It’s not uncommon to play on your phone or computer before bed, but the light from your computer and digital device can disrupt your sleep, according to WebMD.

Meaning that if you have trouble sleeping, having some down time from your tech before bed could be incredibly helpful and beneficial for your health. Why? Well, the glow from your technology delays the release melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone that regulates your sleep and wake cycle.

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