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Social Media and Mental Health

You’re growing up in a world where social media is a normal way to connect with friends and classmates. It’s a way for people to stay in touch, no matter where they are.

But using social media can have its challenges. It’s important to recognize when it might be causing problems and understand the consequences.

Building Social Skills
When you’re a baby, you focus a lot on people’s faces. Our brains are wired to connect with others by watching their expressions, listening to how they talk, and understanding their reactions during conversations. This helps us learn important social cues and get better at talking to people.

However, if you spend too much time on social media, especially when you’re young and your brain is still growing, you might miss out on chances to improve your social skills by talking to people face-to-face.

Online Bullying
You’ve probably seen that some people act differently online than they do in person. This can include cyberbullying, where people say hurtful things or use offensive language. When this happens on social media, lots of people see it, and it can be tough to stop.

If you experience cyberbullying, it’s natural to feel upset. To stop it, it’s important to report the problem on the social media platform and tell a trusted adult who can help.

Comparing Ourselves to Others
People often show only the good parts of their lives on social media and hide their struggles. Seeing these perfect versions of others can make you feel like you need to compete or can lead to unhappiness because you’re comparing yourself to something that isn’t real.

Social Isolation
Studies have found that spending too much time on social media and not enough time with real people can increase the risk of feeling anxious or depressed. But it’s not always clear whether being online too much causes these feelings or if people who already feel this way are more likely to use social media. Either way, too much online time and not enough real-life interaction can be bad for your mental health.

Tips for Protecting Your Mental Health

Here are some suggestions to help you use social media without harming your mental health:

  • Limit your time on social media. Some apps can help you with this.
  • Pay attention to the websites and profiles you follow. If they make you feel bad, consider unfollowing them.
  • Think before you post something about yourself or someone else. Ask yourself if you’d say the same thing in person.
  • Remember that online posts are hard to take back.
  • Realize that what people post might not show their real life.
  • If a profile or page is making you feel bad, unfollow or leave it.
  • Report posts that are hurtful or worrying.
  • If a friend’s posts make you worried about them, tell a trusted adult like a parent, teacher, or school counselor right away.