Social Media is Not Good for You

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Social Media is Not Good for You

Kirsten Shin, Staff Writer

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Social media is a negative influence on today’s generation. How much time do you spend scrolling through your feed on Instagram? In the era of social media, it is no surprise that an average young adult spends at least to hours on this platform everyday. And as entertaining they can be, they are also addictive and harmful. According to the research by Royal Society for Public Health in UK, those who use social networking sites on a daily basis are more likely to have poor mental health. They have profound impact on people and often lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

Social media promotes unrealistic body images and beauty standards. People see pictures that have been photoshopped or edited to look “perfect” on Instagram all the time. These photos often make them feel as if their bodies are not good enough and pressure them to fit into the current beauty trends such as big lips and tiny waist. For example, a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh found that those who had spent more time on social media had 2.2 times the risk of reporting unhealthy eating habits and body image concerns.

Furthermore, the need to gain “likes” on social media can cause anxiety and depression. Researchers at UCLA Brain Mapping Center found that when teenagers photos recieve a lot of likes on social media apps, their brains respond in a similar way to seeing loved ones or winning money. This deeply affects young adults and encourages them to make choices they would otherwise not make, just to get more likes. More importantly, social media can cause feelings of isolation as people rely on digital connection rather than real-world relationships.

Therefore, social media affects young adults more than anything else in 21st century. Its impact on mental health and other important aspects of life needs to be recognized.