“Is Social Media directly causing Depression?”

We LOVE this . . . Every now and then we come across something relevant to our blog that we feel compelled to share. The following link to the article “Does Social Media Cause Depression” by Christian Waldemar is a must-read. We have summarized the article with some of the most heavy-hitting quotes below. Check it out:

https://psychcentral.com/blog/does-social-media-cause-depression/?utm_source=Psych+Central+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f8c159a2b3-GEN_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c648d0eafd-f8c159a2b3-30725909

“As the popularity of the internet grew, depression and mood disorders among adolescents have steadily risen, becoming the most lethal affliction to young people in the developed world.”

 

“Research on social media use has concluded over and over again that as social media use rises, so does the number of cases of depression and mood disorders.”

 

“ . . .  social media applications use addiction triggers to reward individuals for staying online longer.”

 

“The likes, comments, and notifications we receive on our mobile devices through social apps create positive feelings of acceptance… Our minds are being ‘brain hacked’ by these apps and social platforms;…”

 

“Another way social media can tap into a user’s psychology is through a concept known as emotional contagion: The phenomena of emotional states being involuntarily transmitted between individuals.”

 

“Indirectly, social media applications act as the catalyst for destructive behaviors like comparison, cyberbullying, and approval-seeking.”

 

“A side-effect of the way in which social media applications are designed is that users tend to showcase a highlight reel of their lives; posting all the positive and important moments and leaving out the negative and mundane.” 

 

“A UK study carried out by the Royal Society for Public Health tested the psychological impact of social media use on 1,500 adolescents and concluded that almost every major social media platform had a negative impact on the subjects’ psychological wellbeing, ranging from anxiety to self-esteem.” 

 

The research is clear; cases of depression have been on the rise right alongside the growth of social media, and the more social media an individual engages with, the higher their chance of having mood disorders.”

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