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Is social media affecting my mental health? - November 25th 2017, 02:42 AM

This is kinda a post to vent and ask for advice? I feel like social media is affecting me and not in a positive way ya know. I've wanted to delete it but i'm 'addicted.' I just feel like I'm competing with everyone else and it makes me feel so shitty. I'm constantly checking it and feeling anxious. Please leave advice and if you experienced this before <-- or even have quit social media before and how it went?
   
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Re: Is social media affecting my mental health? - November 25th 2017, 04:00 AM

I know there have been some studies done that show that it can have an impact on mental health. I think a lot of it has to do with getting glimpses of people's lives but really only getting glimpses of the good which leads people to feel like they aren't living up to their peers and all that.

If you want to take a break from Social Media than you should. I think that some people benefit from it. If there are certain people that you tend to compare yourself too more often than not, you could also unfollow them so that their stories don't pop up in your feed (at least that's an option on facebook).

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Re: Is social media affecting my mental health? - November 25th 2017, 06:45 AM

you could just take a break from social media, sometimes things get a little too overwhelming. you could find something else that interests you, dont really know what you're into but maybe sports, music, or you could just spend time with friends and family who keep you away from boredom


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Re: Is social media affecting my mental health? - November 25th 2017, 05:56 PM

Social media can definitely be addicting and affect your mental health. Beyond what Jenna mentioned, you can also end up spending more time on social media than doing other activities. Some of those might be self care, hobbies, or exercising. That's from personal experience at least.

I think you should try taking a break from social media before deleting all of your accounts. I know I've regretted just outright deleting in the past. For Facebook you can temporarily deactivate your account. If you do want to try taking a break, then I'd recommend removing any apps on your devices and changing your passwords to something that would be near impossible to remember offhand with them written down on paper somewhere so you can still access them later on. It can be tempting when you can still easily access them.

I agree with Jenna on unfollowing people on things like Facebook since you find yourself comparing your life to theirs. If it's someone you don't want to completely unfriend (I know it can be tricky with family or certain friends), then you can hide their posts from your news feed.

I'm absolutely not assuming that you do this, but I want to put it out there. I know some people will follow unhealthy blogs, such as on tumblr, or be a member on very unhealthy forums. If you use any social media that is negative like this then I really urge you to abandon or delete those accounts.

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