7 things to know about Social Media and Does it destroyed Our mental health ?

The use of social media has evolved significantly over the last two decades. While in 2005, only 5 percent of adults in the United States were using social media, they say, the figure is now about 70 percent across the board. This growth in the number of people using. FacebookInstagram, and other social media platforms, and the amount of time they spend on them, are sparking intense debate and challenges among doctors and people about the impact of social media on our lives and our mental health.

 Facebook celebrates its 15th birthday this year, while research is still in its infancy.

Specialists seek to explore how the time we spend on electronic devices affects our lives in general.

Here we discuss the “7 things” to know about Social Media and Does it destroyed Our mental health?

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1. Stress

People usually use social media to express their opinions and beliefs on everything and even their feelings and daily events, but the downside that many are ignorant of is that our conclusions are often under endless pressure on us and that means endless pressure on our mental health as well. 

In 2015, researchers at the Pew Research Centre investigated whether social media causes more stress than it relieves the consumer. A study of 1,800 persons, concluded that women are more stressed than men.

Twitter has also been a huge factor in increasing and directing attention to other people’s stresses. But on the other hand, he found that Twitter, in turn, also worked to help them adapt.

The more women use Twitter, the less stressed they are.

In contrast, the same reaction was not observed in men, in general, the researchers concluded that social media users were associated with “moderately lower levels of stress”.

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2. infection

A 2014 social experiment conducted by Austrian researchers, found that volunteers’ moods decreased after 20 minutes of using Facebook compared to volunteers who simply surfed the Internet.

This result indicates that these people felt the stalemate because they considered their experience a mere waste of time.

It has also been proven that social situations and feelings -mental health state- are contagious, and are transmitted from one person to another even through social networking sites through images and videos.

this is according to researchers from the University of California, which evaluated the emotional content of many cases estimated at a thousand million updates. For more than 100 million Facebook users, during the time between 2009 and 2012.

Bad weather also affects people’s moods, increasing the number of bad or sad posts by an estimated 1 percent. Surprisingly, the researchers noticed that one bad post by someone living in a humid city stimulated three other bad posts from one side. Friends live in dry cities.

The larger data also showed that happy or cheerful messages had a stronger effect than others on the mental health state of the person, as a single post could lead to a wide spread of up to 75 posts.

However, this certainly does not prove that these posts may lead to an improvement in the mood or mental health state of the users in realty 

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3.Anxiety

 In 2016 researchers from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania reviewed existing research scrutinizing the link between social anxiety and social networking and found that it has contradictory effects. More in-depth research is required to reach a clear conclusion.

Researchers are studying social media stress, which is characterized by feelings of anxiety, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and many disturbing feelings for a person.

The findings, published in the journal Computers and Human Behavior, say that people who use seven or more different social media sites are three times more likely than people who use at least two to have an increased variety of symptoms of stress and anxiety in general.

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4 depression

 Some research and studies have determined almost conclusively that there is a link between depression and the use of social media permanently.

  This research and studies are continually increasing to explore and discover in more depth, how social media can be a powerful source of stress, without a doubt. Two studies involving more than 700 students have identified signs and symptoms of depression that appear on them.

The researchers identified higher levels of depression and despair symptoms seen in people who showed fewer reactions. A similar experiment conducted in 2016 on 1,100 people identified a risk of despair and stress among people who use the majority of social media platforms. Among the behaviors that were the cause of their psychological state were cyberbullying, a distorted view of others’ lives other than the reality they live in, and the feeling that the time they spend on social media is a waste of time.

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5. addiction

Despite some research findings claiming that Twitter addiction can be more difficult than addiction to cigarettes and alcohol, social media addiction is not fully detected or protected by modern medical diagnostic guidelines for mental disorders.

Moreover, social media is changing imaginatively, making it difficult for researchers to keep track of events and frame them in reliable results, and this has forced more authorities to consider behaviors associated with its use, for example, Dutch researchers invented their scale of perception of sustainable addiction.

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6. Self-Esteem 

In the old days, women’s magazines and their use of pictures of women’s fashion, temptations, and weight loss were the biggest problems for girls because they caused superficial problems. They were also subjected to violent criticism by the active associations in this field. But now, social media, with its bright lights and colors and its availability on every corner of the Internet and portable digital devices, has become the biggest problem faced by activists and charities. According to research conducted by Charity Charity Scope on 1,500 people, social media affects more than half of its users by making them feel inadequate and want more, and half of the people in the broad age group between 18 and 34 say they feel inadequate because of Social media.

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7. Conclusion

Social media is an aid platform for parents to know the characteristics of their children and their personalities, and social media platforms can be an alternative and optimal solution for shy and introverted youth, to make new friends and meet different people from all over the world who have the same tendencies and hobbies. Get to know and meet in real life.

During the Corona covid-19 pandemic, social media platforms helped and enabled many people to communicate with each other despite the distances and the forced Quarantine during the epidemic COVID-19, and it also contributed to the prosperity and development of commercial projects and removed geographical borders to open the way for merchants to reach their potential customers around the world as a whole. Working on local areas only, and this is another aspect that is completely positive and somewhat outside the topic we are discussing today. We may talk about it in an upcoming article.

 While the typical socialization process has become somewhat intractable, training and socialization have very important effects on coping and resilience. 

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Whether it is through social or personal media, the positive in the subject or the presence of social media in our daily lives is the gathering of friends from different parts of the world and of different nationalities, ages, and cultural levels around common hobbies, such as art and music, to share destinations Their views and opinions on different topics, which will contribute to the development of all fields alike.

On the other hand, on the same point, opening the door to every person regardless of his background and ideas, whether he is open-minded or conservative in his thoughts, and he may even be an ignorant extremist, and giving him the strength to discuss topics that may be sensitive, which leads to sedition, conflict of opinions and problems Unfortunately different social.

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