Yes, social media impacts your mental health. Here’s how

Social interaction is a necessary and healthy part of life. Feelings of community and autonomy are crucial to wellness.

It’s no wonder that people gravitate toward social media apps to express themselves and share their daily accomplishments.

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With the overwhelming majority of people using social media, it’s important to examine the impact it may have on mental health and emotional well-being.

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Expressing feelings

Most social media apps allow users to create original content and upload links, gifs and memes. This gives people a place to share their thoughts and feelings with the world.

Staying connected

Social media also offers friends and family members a way to stay connected. Maintaining in-depth interpersonal relationships is important for mental health and physical well-being.

Finding community

Beyond relationship maintenance, social media also provides a platform for people to develop new connections and find community.

Making money

Tik Tok reels, Instagram stories, Facebook pages and YouNow moments make it easy for people to promote and advertise their merchandise to a wide variety of customers.

Developing unrealistic expectations

Science tells us that the way these photos are altered and curated produces an unrealistic beauty standard which may contribute to low self-esteem.

Falling victim to cyberbullying

With instant notifications, hashtags and the immediacy of viral memes, social media allows a bully into their victim’s home and personal life both day and night.