Health experts are keen to say sitting is the new smoking. Considering the number of illnesses that sitting is correlated with, and the number of people that it actually kills each year, sitting is one of the worst things we can do for wellbeing.
Yet maybe the thing we always do when we’re sitting is as concern: Scrolling through our social media pages mindlessly when we’ve got a few minutes of free time (or any, hours). And as we all know intuitively and as the research indicates, when it comes to our collective psychology, this isn’t the strongest practice.
If you can’t imagine your life without social media, you’ve probably become a victim of the power social networking sites have over people.
Are you the type to spend many hours browsing social media every day? Immersing too much on social networking sites could adversely affect your mood. Chronic users are also more likely to experience poor mental health including anxiety and depression symptoms.
It takes little time to find out why. Social media lets you see the best aspects of everybody’s lives carefully picked, which you equate to the flaws of your own life. Comparing yourself to other people is a sure road to anxiety, and even that has been made simpler by social media.
The simplest way to overcome this is to cut the hours you spend on social media. A few studies recommend the average amount of time you spend on social networks is roughly half an hour a day. As several other potentially life-borne ills, it’s all about balance.
Before the invention of the Internet or social media, bullying was something that could only be done in person. Individuals will threaten others online now though — anonymously or not. Everybody today knows what cyberbullying is and most of us have seen what a person can do.
While social media makes it easier to meet new people and make friends, with little effort it also allows cruel people to tear in with others.
For example, one can create a fake online persona and harass those they target sometimes even without consequences.
Often these online attacks leave deep mental scars and in some cases even drive people to suicide. And cyberbullying, as it turns out, doesn’t just affect children. Adults too may be victims of online violence.
In addition to raising the anxiety and depression cases, spending too much time on social media can lead to poor sleep.
Numerous studies have shown that increased social media use is having a detrimental effect on the quality of your sleep.
It is particularly the case when you use your bedside telephone at night. It’s all too easy to convince yourself that you’re going to spend five minutes reviewing your Facebook updates, only to remember an hour later that you’ve been carelessly scrolling through Twitter content that doesn’t even matter.
Don’t let social media ruin your precious sleep