The Effects Social Media has on Mental Health

There’s no denying that although social media can have a positive impact on its users, the drawbacks and hardships faced far outweigh the good. Millions of people across the globe are consistent users on social media, and most of them aren’t aware of that harm that follows. Research shows that the continuous use of social media has led to several mental health problems, such as: depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, and so much more. Teenagers are put in very vulnerable positions in which they can experience cyberbullying, fear of missing out, and are constantly comparing themselves to others. The problem with social media is that people do not know when to say enough is enough. Although the media is aware of the problems that surface from social media, they do not seem to care. The media is only focused on generating a story that will bring the most attention, regardless of how the parties involved are affected or how the audience will perceive the entertaining stories.

Another aspect of social media influence has to do with the people who influence the public: celebrities. Celebrities will post content that has to do with self-harm, drug use, and sexually explicit content that will reach teenagers and influence them to act in the same way. However, magazines will also edit the appearance of celebrities without their consent to tweak them to today’s beauty standard, which is: plump lips, skinny yet curvy body, big boobs, a big butt, and clear skin. This not only hurts the self-esteem of the celebrity because they are being told they aren’t fitting the beauty standard, but it will make the public compare themselves to these fake people they see in magazines. It is not only celebrities that portray themselves in a false light, most social media users will not post a photo without editing their facial features in order to feel better about their appearance.

So why are teens still using social media? The answer is that unfortunately teens have become addicted to these apps and are reliant on them because of the fear of disconnection with society.

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