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How can social media affect mental health?

How can social media affect mental health?

Social media can have both positive and negative impacts on mental health. On one hand it provides a platform for self-expression, connection and support. It allows people to share their experiences, find communities and feel less alone. However it can also contribute to feelings of inadequacy, comparison and anxiety. The constant exposure to carefully curated Highlight reels of others lives can create unrealistic expectations in a sense of fear of missing out. It’s important to find a balance, take breaks, and prioritize self-care when using social media to protect our mental well-being.

This shows how the social media usage has Rising dramatically over the years due to various factors. one major factor is the widespread availability of smartphones and internet access making it easier for people to connect and engage with social media platforms


I did a survey and asked 10 people to answer the following questions

1. Do ever feel anxious/stress/boredom when you cant access social media?
2. Have you ever compared yourself to others on social media and felt not enough?

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About 80% of people who answered the survey said they compare themselves to others on social media and not feel enough. Doing this can cause insecurities and can make you feel inadequate and impact your mental health. It can make you feel worthless and can give you low self-esteem. It’s important to take breaks from social media, practice self-care and remember that what you see online can sometimes be not true.


About 70% of people who answered said they were either bored, anxious or stressed when they couldn’t access social media. This is because social media can cause anxiousness while creating a sense of disconnection and a fear of missing out on updates and social interactions. It’s like being left out of a party or not being able to join in on the fun.


Positive impacts                                                                       

  •  providing a platform for self-expression
  • connecting with people globally
  • promoting social causes


Negative impacts             

  • comparing yourself to others
  • cyber bullying
  • excessive screen time

In conclusion, the media can totally mess with our heads, right? It can make us feel stressed, anxious, and even down in the dumps. Seeing everyone’s highlight reels can make us feel like we’re not measuring up and not being able to assess it can leave us feeling bored and left out. It’s important to take breaks, set boundaries and remember that what we see on social media isn’t always the full picture.

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Fatima Baldwin
Fatima Baldwin, staff writer
Fatima Baldwin is a famous YouTuber and upcoming artist. Shes 17 years old and attends High School with the Remote Virtual Program. She enjoys making content for her YouTube channel with over 300k+ subscribers called Littyb and she loves to travel to speak motivation to upcoming kids plus meet, and collab with other creators just like her. When it comes to writing Fatima loves to talk about the effects of social media on mental health. She finds that the most challenging part of writing is finding the right words to express her thoughts and ideas in a clear and engaging way.  When Fatima grows older she dreams of using her experiences to educate and inspire other kids about the impact of social media on mental health. She wants to teach them about both, the positive and negative habits and how we can work together to improve them.  She says " Don't just go along with the crowd,take charge and set an example for others. " When shes  not travelling or speaking motivation to others, she likes to spend time with her family and sleep.
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