Now with increase use of the internet today, more and more people are spending more of their time online, than physical engagements. A lot of our daily physical activities have resorted to the online platforms that ranged from shopping, schooling, dating, job hunting, paying bills to online social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on). However according to mental health expert’s nationally, based on studies have validated a strong correlation between social anxiety and social media, as a result social media has become an anxiety-provoking factor.

So the question that I have to ask my viewers, do you get a little stressed or anxious when your not able to check your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? For those that are unaware that social media anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that is much similar to social anxiety disorder. Based on expert’s information, just about 20% of people with these social media accounts have a hard time not accessing their account for more than three hours without checking them. So, you can ask yourself that famous question, ”Do I or someone that I know of have social media anxiety disorder”

Symptoms of Social Media Anxiety Disorder

In todays world we all have know quite a few number of people with social media anxiety disorder, who get stressed out or who show signs of frustration, just being away from their Facebook or Instagram accounts for just a few minutes. Below are some common symptoms of social media anxiety disorder:

  • Being with a group of friends and interrupting the conversation to inform them that someone has commented on their latest Facebook page
  • Excusing yourself in a social situation with family or friends to check what has been happening on Twitter
  • Checking your Facebook or Twitter account while concentration or insistently being distracted for fear that individuals may be commenting on your Facebook or Twitter account
  • Randomly adding strangers to your Facebook or Twitter accounts
  • Spending 8 or more hours a day on a social networking site
  • Feeling a sense of attachment to your phone or computer, as if nothing else matters more
  • Built up anxiety when comments are not made and pictures are not posted/tagged correctly
  • Checking the number of followers on Twitter and constantly finding opportunities to increase these numbers

Mental Health Issues Caused by Social Media Addiction

This goes without saying that many social media platforms focusing on appearances and the notion of creating what appears to be that fulfilling and a satisfactory life style. Nowadays you have many users that are beginning to experience lower self-esteem and reoccurring emotions, like envy and jealousy. Now of course with the many filtering and lighting photo adjustment options, social media allows users to alter the very way we view not only others, but ourselves as well.

At this time, this mental health crisis is creating an unnecessary need to be perfect, especially with the millennial generation. Just this technology alone could also contribute to the eating disorder and body dysmorphia. With so many people posting pictures like selfies, users are constantly comparing themselves to others who appeared to be at their happiest; more so women comparing themselves negatively to other women’s content creating emotions of inadequacy and unattractiveness.

Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

Another social anxiety concern stimulated by social media is the fear of missing out, you know what I mean – pictures of where the user was not invited or an event that you were not able to attend like a graduation, birthday party, wedding for what ever reason ( couldn’t get off work, didn’t have transportation; no babysitter…..) can take a toll on self-esteem.

This emotion is characterized as feeling anxious that something exciting or interesting is happening elsewhere. Social media has often perpetuated this anxiety, when you see posts and pictures about that wonderful time your peers are having without you.

FOMO really depends on your own level of satisfaction. FOMO really come from a person dissatisfaction with their own social lives and the fact they feel like they have less. Its stimulates negative feelings like boredom and loneliness, which has impact on someone’s psychological wee-being.

Loneliness

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine last year surveyed 7,000 19- to 32-year-olds and found that those who spend the most time on social media were twice as likely to report experiencing social isolation, which can include a lack of a sense of social belonging, engagement with others and fulfilling relationships.

What You Can Do

Ask we already know, there are millions of people who post all that great stuff on these social media sites on a daily bases, if not more frequent than that. The people who post these images have a normal life just like you and me, but you have to realize they mainly post the good stuff that’s going on. Just remember if your life is not as awesome as some people you see on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, it is not going to get any better by sitting there obsessing over it. The best way to intervene is to get out and enjoy your real life, not your social media life, because that is not a real life. If you are having trouble doing this or you just need to talk to someone, there are people who can help you with this. You do not have to have an appointment or even leave your home to do it. Talk to an online therapist or counselor now and you can feel better as soon as the next day.

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Social Anxiety and Social Media”

  1. I like to limit my time on social media. Even Mark Zuckerburg admitted that he doesn’t allow his children on Facebook. It was created to gather information and program the masses. I prefer to interact with people in real life.

    1. Yes I remember the earlier stages of Facebook. You know when it 1st became popular I was out of control with the amount of time that I spent on this site. Just like most things, it wasn’t by accident that this platform consumes so much of our interest/ time, it was made by design and continues to do so. The amount of time spent online differs based on which generation your referring to, would you agree.

    2. Well as I have matured ,I have learned on my own how to limit my social media time. On several occasions while I was in grad school I came close to failing just because I had put too much time into social media ….worrying about what other people were doing. You may laugh for instance…. I would say Im just going to give myself 10 minute to check facebook and then get to business. Later on I have learned to get my work done 1st and go on social media once my work has been completed.

  2. I have to confess that I was the kinda of I want to be the famous Instagram person, it let me be very stressy about it and to make the perfect pictures and so. But I came to a point that I saw it makes no sense so.. I like your article because I was also in that stadium. So thanks for this and warn people.

    1. Now just like you confessing, means that you understanding some of the damages that are taking place with this new tool of social media. You know as technology advances, they all come with flaws which don’t get talked about as much. So hopefully my post sheds light on our mental health precautions.

  3. Dear admin,
    You have a great looking site, the content is interesting and very actual.
    Personally, i have no connection to social media, none whatsoever and I am just fine without it. All those social networks are doing so much damage to our youth. The next generation will have no recollection about tiny things like enjoying the freshly cut grass or the warming sunshine- in the meantime they are poisoning themselves, the body and mind! I wish them to wake up, until is not too late. Pay attention to real life, my friends! … and enjoy it! Life is beautiful and so precious, and so are you!

    I certainly appreciate your wake-up call, keep doing what you are doing. we need people as yourself.
    wishing you all the best,
    moda ani @
    myhowtofightcancer.com

  4. I think lots of people have a love-hate relationship with social media. You love to see what’s going on and stay in the loop, but there’s so much to not like about it, too. Like being bombarded with images that are portrayed as the norm, when really they are not – they are the exception. People are not laughing and happy 24/7, nor holidaying all the time, getting new clothes and jewellery every day, nor eating out every night. The social media accounts I enjoy following the most are those that show we are all human with flaws. There’s the great stuff but there’s also the reality. There’s nothing wrong with posting stuff that is real.

    1. Yes I have to agree with you 100% with the love-hate relationship with social media. As you know we are still in the early stages of this new life style. Hopefully peoples attitudes of social media will begin to change as the age of social media begins to mature. At this moment I cant say when that will be. As you can see it, it has different but similar affects based on age groups.

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