Social media allows people to show people the best versions of themselves. Social networking sites have a variety of features that make it easier for people to show off their lives. There have already been several studies done to confirm that social media use is linked to poor mental health. New research has shown that social media can also make it easier for people to hide their mental illnesses.
In 2017, Instagram was called the worst platform for mental health. People who look at images of selfies and holiday pictures may start to feel bad about their own lives. Instagram has also been called the most narcissistic platform on the internet. Studies have also shown that the way that we use social media can say a lot about how we feel about ourselves.
For example, people are more likely to show themselves out having fun with their friends than they are to show themselves crying on the couch because of a breakup. It is easy to hide who you really are on social media. People can seemingly have a wonderful life based on what they show on social media. However, they could be secretly battling a mental illness.
Marc Hester is consultant clinical psychologist at the Summit Clinic, which is located in north London. He stated that it is easy for people to get caught up in the allure of social media. He also stated that social media can be deceptive. This can create a number of problems.
People may live in denial about their problem because of what they portray in social media. This can prevent them from getting help. Furthermore, posting pictures of yourself doing something with other people can cause you to feel lonely. Social media has a tendency to intensify feelings of loneliness.
Marc stated that a single like can make people feel better about themselves. Stephen Buckley works for Mind, which is a mental health clarity. He has acknowledged that social media does have downfalls, but it can also be beneficial. He has stated that social media can give people a platform to vocalize their feelings.
However, he also believes it is important to balance offline activity with online activity. He recommends taking a break from social media if you believe that you are spending too much time on it.