The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. However, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Brit checking their phone as much 28 times a day. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s self-esteem, while obsessively checking your Twitter feed just before bed could be contributing towards poor quality of sleep. Here are six ways that social media could be negatively affecting your mental health without you even realising. Self-esteem We all have our fair share of insecurities, some that we speak about openly and others that we prefer to keep to ourselves. However, comparing yourself to others on … [Read more...] about Six ways social media negatively affects your mental health without you even knowing
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The world is more connected today than ever before and social media can be a positive aspect in our lives. It's also addictive, can encourage jealousy, and studies prove it can make us feel more isolated. While scrolling through our feeds, we have become targeted by marketing we didn't necessarily subscribe to. The social media habits linked to depression Why social media is contributing to your overspending After trimming the fat found in my own social media feed over the last few weeks, I've grown more aware of what I'm exposing myself to on Facebook and Instagram. I found that I had been making unrealistic comparisons to others outside of my peers and I would subconsciously judge, analyse and draw an opinion of content that I wasn't always into. At worst, it could trigger me to question my own self-worth or gave me a glimpse at what I do not have and was missing out on. If I don't always like it, and it's not "influencing" me for the better, why on earth would I expose … [Read more...] about The dark side of social media and the Kiwis who are fighting it
Heavy use of social media by children has been linked to lower levels of literacy for the first time. The landmark study by University College London (UCL), based on 11,000 children tracked from their births in 2000, found their time on social media could be detracting from reading and homework, with a potential knock-on effect on their literacy. Professor Yvonne Kelly, director of UCL's International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, said the findings suggested a link between “the amount of time young people spend on social media and their levels of literacy”. Both boys and girls who were heavier users were affected the same. “We looked at whether the more time young people spend on social media, the less time they have for the things that might improve their literacy such as reading for enjoyment and doing homework,” said Professor Kelly. She said it was now time for the government to consider setting official “healthy” time limits on … [Read more...] about Children’s literacy levels fall as social media hits reading
UK 27 July 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44980893 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Social media devotees are being encouraged to "take back control" and stop scrolling through their feeds for an entire month. The Royal Public Health … [Read more...] about Would you log off social media for a month?
Gone are the days when a petty squabble with a friend could be settled at the end of a school day and forgotten about by the start of the next. Social media has stolen that simplicity from today’s young people in an irreversible 24-hour intrusion into their lives. Claire Gaunt and Pamela Porter see the fall-out from that every day in their roles as youth workers within two Lanarkshire schools. But when the unrelenting pressures placed on them by social media becomes too much for a young person, it sets alarm bells ringing for Claire and Pamela, who are both volunteers with Wishaw-based charity, Families and Friends Affected by Murder and Suicide (FAMS). They have first-hand experience of how mental torment can have a devastating impact on the people it affects and those who love them. “Social media is the way of the world now, and I do not know how we are going to fix it,” admits 58-year-old Pamela, whose daughter Monica was in primary four when school bullies set her … [Read more...] about Youth workers believe social media fall-out is affecting Wishaw children’s lives