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Double-Edged Sword: How Social Media Can Affect Your Mental Health

In today’s digital age, social media has become an intergal part of our lives. While it offers many benifits such as connection and experienxes, there is an ever growing concern about its impact on mental health.

The Influence of Social Media on Mental Health: Analyzing the relationship between social media usage and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and body image concerns
Courtesy of The Eastern Herald

One of the key factors contributing to the negative impact of social media on mental health is the culture of comparison. Users often find themselves comparing their own lives to carefully curated posts and highlight reels of others. This constant exposure to the seemingly perfect lives may lead to feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem.

The addictive nature of social media poses another challenge to mental well-being. The endless scrolling has become a habitual behaviour that cosume so much of our time and attention. The rise of these platforms have unfourtunatly given rise to cyberbullying and online harrasment. Negative comments and the pressure to detrimental effects on mental health. Because of the anonymity that social media has provided, individuals engage in harmful behaviour, leading to increased stress and other mental health issues.

Social media platforms are often filled with images of idealized beauty standards, which can significantly impact body image and self-esteem. Constant exposure to these unrealistic ideals can lead to dissatisfaction of how one looks and a distorted perception of beauty. It is important to cultivate a sense of self appreciation that is not based on outside validaion and to recognize and love yourself for who you are.


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