Social media can be used to communicate with friends or keep in touch with former colleagues or old classmates. It is a useful tool but not according to a study from the University of Essex and University College London.
The researchers found that teenage girls who like spending hours of their time on social media are at a greater risk for depression than boys.
They had higher depressive symptoms scores than boys. The study involved more than 10,000 14-year-olds who took part in the UK Millennial Cohort Study.
One of the possible reasons is that girls like to use apps that focus on physical appearance.
They also like to compare themselves to others, which can be immensely bad for mental health.
However, in general, the study indicated that the more they use social media, the more likely these teenagers would develop certain mental health problems.
The Lack of Sleep, Cyberbullying, Body Image and Self-Esteem
These four factors could possibly affect the user’s mental health that could lead to having depression.
But cyberbullying and sleep could have a higher connection to the development of depressive symptoms.
However, the study did not conclude that social media could cause depression.
How to Have Healthy Social Media Habits at Home?
- One of the many healthy social media habits you can apply at home is to install a charging station in your home. In the way, you do not need to charge your phone, tablet or laptop in your bedroom. Having a charging station in your bedroom could lead to sleep interruptions.
- You must also avoid using your phone or tablet as an alarm. Instead, you must use a conventional alarm clock. Doing so will lower your nighttime usage.
- To ensure that you will not be itching to reach your phone now and again to check on your friend’s updates, make sure to delete your social media apps from your mobile devices. Or you can add a newsfeed blocker on your desktop.
- Keep in mind that the creators of social media apps dedicate their lives to make these apps more addictive. To win back your focus, you must be aggressive.
- You must also identify the reason you are addicted to it. It will be your cue on what triggers you to check your mobile device. Once you can identify the signs, you can use them to retrain your brain.
- Retraining your brain to respond to the signals of checking your social media can be another way to help you curb your social media use. To retrain your brain, you can change your negative routine with a new one.
- One great example is to go outside and take a walk for a few minutes when you’re bored, instead of grabbing your smartphone and checking your social media feed. Doing so will help you stop the itch and the urgency to use social media.
- Since you will be introducing a new habit, make sure to incorporate a positive reward as you develop a new habit. In this way, it will not feel like torture.