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Instagram and Snapchat are officially bad for your mental health

Instagram and Snapchat are officially bad for your mental health

Humans are social animals.

Yes, that’s right. We are all animals by nature but the difference is that we have a constant urge and need to socialize with other social animals; a.k.a humans.

 

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Socializing is one of the core foundations that the human race has laid upon for its evolution from the beginning of time. It is one thing that promotes mental health and wellness more than anything else. It has taken different forms in different eras. We started communicating with each other through symbols engraved on stones in the stone age, and here we are; at the new era of science and technology where we communicate and socialize using social media.

 

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Social media has revolutionized the way we socialize like never before. From msn and Orkut to instagram and snapchat, social media has influenced our lives more than we could ever imagine.

 

Just like everything social media has its pros and cons that depend upon the usage. It can promote mental well being or it can do the otherwise and harm it instead.

 

Is social media making us anti-social?

 

Well, that’s a debate for another time.

 

While social media is supposed to promote our better mental health, a report issued by Royal Society For Public Health (RSPH) concludes that they are bad for youngster’s mental health, on the contrary. The RSPH has ranked social media platforms from most positive to most negative for mental health in youth and conclude that Instagram and Snapchat are the worst.

 

Here’s a list of the 5 social media platforms that went under consideration and their ranking from most positive to most negative.

 

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YouTube 1st (most positive)

Twitter 2nd

Facebook 3rd

Snapchat 4th

Instagram (most negative)

 

These rankings are based upon the 14 core issues related to young people’s mental health according to RSPH that are as follows:

 

Awareness and understanding of other people’s health experiences

Access to expert health information you know you can trust

Emotional support

Anxiety

Depression

Loneliness

Sleep

Self-expression

Self-identity

Body image

Real world relationship

Community building

Bullying

FoMO (Fear Of Missing Out – feeling you need to stay connected because you are worried things could be happening without you)

 

Well, it certainly provokes a debate if social media is actually making us anti-social.

Let’s just hope we aren’t so deeply consumed by technology that we are on the verge of Albert Einstein’s worst fear about mankind.

 

 

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