I’ve chosen to write about social media and how it can affect one's mental health as social media increases FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, and isolation.
In turn, these feelings negatively affect your mood and create symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress for many people in the modern world today.
With over 4.66 billion users, social media has become a massive platform with over half of the world's population using it.
Furthermore, studies have shown that social media also reduces happiness and satisfaction. The more individuals compared themselves to others the more unhappy they become with themselves
as social media can negatively affect one’s body image because users are typically exposed to thin, fit, and "idealized" body types and will often compare themselves to “models” and celebrities.
Thus, social media appears to generate negative thoughts and feelings regardless of how we use it.
Also, studies have shown that about 10% of all teens had depressive episodes in 2010 whilst about 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood today.