Social Media and Mental Health

September 10, 2018 0 By admin
Social Media is huge in our lives now. But is it doing more damage than good?

There are many blogs that have tackled the issue of social media. The positives, negatives, and in between. They’ve talked about how they have been affected and how people can cut down on their usage. Bloggers have also talked about how useful it is and how we can benefit. I live life through social media. I get my news, check up on my family, and make connections with people through social media. Though I am not negatively impacted by the apps, I know someone who has. My roommate will tell you why she believes social media is bad for your mental health. Her story will go over her time as a Social Media Manager. Some days she dreaded picking up her phone. What she saw as a neutral thing in her life, was twisted into something she hated.

L’s account

“Social media has become a part of our everyday lives. Most people can’t pick up their cell phones without checking at least one of their social media platforms. If not all of them. The growth of social media has created new ways to communicate with people, opened the door for home businesses, and new marketing strategies. Social media jobs are becoming more common and essential for businesses in order to keep up with the high demand. Have you ever thought about how these platforms are affecting your mental health and everyday life though? I took a job managing social media accounts for a university and it had a very negative impact on my mental health and view of social media.

The Social Media job

During my first year of graduate school, I worked as a Social Media Manager. I created content for the platforms, covered events, and helped with damage control. What wasn’t in the job description, was having to be available 24/7. Literally. I had to work from home on snow days to keep up with tweets and messages. Having to be available all the time is not only physically draining but mentally draining as well. It got to the point where the sound of a notification would make me flinch. There was no separation between work and private life. Social media has given us instant access to information. That instant access has made the up and coming generations demanding. When messages are sent to social media accounts, people expect to be answered in minutes no matter what time of day it is.”

What should I do?

There are so many reasons to love and hate social media. There is no wrong or right answer as too how bad it really is or if we should let it take over our lives. I believe that it affects each person differently and each person’s mental stability and personality shows how it may affect them. If you are a person who uses social media to fight with others your experience will be a negative one and it will make the people who are fighting or talking negatively too, have a bad experience too. But if you use social media to connect with others and share joy then you and those you interact with will have a better experience too.