Feeling Low? Social Media Turn off

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Feeling anxious, negative or having sleeping problems? Are you worried that your friends are more successful, or even worse, whether you even have enough friends to be able to make comparisons?

Relax, you are one of 53% of people who believe social media has left them sadder, less confident and suffering from insomnia. A recent survey undertaken at Salford University found that social media has had a slightly negative impact on respondents. ‘Access Anxiety’, or worrying about not being able to log in to Facebook and email are causing more than a few sleepless nights.

Furthermore, a new mental health phenomenon called ‘Facebook Depression’ has been diagnosed by Pediatricians. Facebook depression is the result of users of all ages viewing idealised images of other people’s lives which leads to unrealistic expectations of their own lives. Feeling less successful than others or believing that your life is somehow worse leads to insecurity and unhappiness.

Given the amount of people online and using social media everyday it is good to know that feeling anxious could be the result of technology and not a long-term problem.

The solution, whilst not easy, is relatively simple. Turn off your mobile phone, be yourself and don’t compare or compete with anyone else. Then you might find that you sleep better, feel more positive and realise that nobody has that many real friends anyway.

Article Source: Social Media Can Cause Anxiety

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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