Is Social Media Making You Sad?

Is Social Media Making You Sad?

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook are some of the more popular social media apps that are out right now. The average person has 5 social media accounts and spends a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes on these apps. The average teen spends up to 9 hours a day on social media, that’s more than most spend sleeping. College students were interviewed about their social media habits. Most said that they experience a “high” when they see a notification from social media. When they receive a high number of likes on their photo or post it gives off a feeling of acceptance and raises self-esteem. Also, when they did not receive many likes or comments it makes them feel bad. Most of the college students said that they would delete the post if it did not receive the feedback that they desire.

According to research done in 2015, 71% of teens brag on social media. They use their social media to post about new items they receive, parties, trips, and relationships, anything that will get a reaction out of their followers. Most people said that they feel jealous when they see bragging posts all the time from their peers. Those negative feelings can affect your attitude every day. You might not notice it, but those feelings could be making you depressed or irritable.

I agree with these points. I notice a lot of bragging on my social media and I tend to do it as well. I feel that when you see it a lot, you want to do it as well. I feel that it is not a deliberate thing all of the time, but more of a habit. When I see I have notifications for my social media, I almost immediately check it because I want to interact with my friends. When I check my phone and do not see notifications, I feel disappointed. So I agree with those points and I think that social media can definitely be making people sad.  So next time you check your social media, ask yourself: Is social media making you sad?