To understand how social media can cause depression we need to understand how social media affects society in general, especially in teenagers.
Today’s modern society is eager to find out what others will think of them and unrealistic ways, one way to ensure the perfect recipe for depression is to create a lot of anxiety by no getting what we want.
This is the short and sweet answer about how social media is one of the major reasons for depression in the last decade.
Let’s get a more in-depth answer on how and why can affect the lives of so many teenagers
How Social Media Causes Depression?
There are certain risk factors that a teenager is more likely to be a victim and fall into anxiety and depression.
Being sexualized and the social connotations in our society are hugely amplified in text messages.
Still figuring out who they want to be.
The mind and body of a teen are changing and sometimes they feel something is wrong with them.
Social expectations are higher now that they are becoming adults.
It doesn’t matter how many connections they have, they’re mostly virtual not real.
They are still child’s who are figuring out how to be an adult.
They take it very seriously when others don’t validate them.
When You Become an Actor/Actress in Your Own Profile?
In the expectations of getting more likes, more shares and followers they tend to create a profile and publish the content that is somewhat perfect (or try to create). The perfect picture, the perfect smile, the nice meal, what I’m doing today, etc…
Only to convey the message that they have an interesting life, and they are happy and joyful, so others can see them because this is what they are.
Nothing further for the truth, because that image they want to portray is not the real deal, and worse is setting the expectations of not having any flaws, like living in an illusory fantastic world that they want to share with the world by using social media.
It seems that there’s another persona that is taking charge of the lives who follow that trend, I’m not joking. And that persona doesn’t tolerate reality.
The reality is that we cannot expect to like everybody or compare to anyone because every one of us is unique in his own way.
Alarming Stats of the Rising Depression Epidemy
According to some studies in the years between the years of 2010 and 2015, there was an increase in teens who felt joyless and useless in the U.S. Suicide attempts on teens increase. But the worst and most discouraging part is that suicide in teens of 13-18 years old went up too.
Some other studies suggest a direct connection to the increased number of teens (and kids) who own a smartphone or tablet in the same period of time.
Another thing that we need to keep in mind is the how and how much time teens are using social media, I mean, not everything should be bad, social media is a great way to keep in touch with relatives and friends, and meet new people, but that is.
When social media is being used 2-3 or more hours a day in a way to replace real face-to-face human connection, we need to know that it isn’t a healthy habit.
My take on this is that everybody should know when is too much, acknowledge how you feel about the effect that is having the use of social media in your life and if something feels a little fishy smelly then stop using it and do some other activities instead.
Talk about your feelings and seek help with someone you trust, but don’t go to feed your ego with social media when you’re feeling blue because it will make you feel worse in the long run.