Six Ways Social Media can have Negative Effects

The introduction of social media has changed the world in many ways. It affects each individual in different ways. Today it can be used as a very helpful tool in changing a person’s life, but at the same time cause such conflicts which can negatively impact a person.

Social media is a very controversial topic of discussion today as it can be argued to be both a blessing and a curse to our generation. Most people are of the opinion that the social media has brought down and destroyed every iota of physical human interaction at a very alarming rate and has changed how we view human relationships in this modern time. There are a lot of others with the opinion that social media has help improve and given us better options and ways of staying connected to those we love wherever they are in the world and we can disseminate news and information quicker through social media

Here are five ways that social media can affect-


Sometimes, when you see different kinds of people doing different things on social media, a feeling of ‘envy’ might come up.

A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen found that many people suffer from “Facebook envy”, with those who abstained from using the popular site reporting that they felt more satisfied with their lives.

Socializing beyond social media-

Man is a social animal. The social networking websites might have helped in socializing on the internet, but on many occasions, it has not helped in building direct relations with among people.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that assessed 5,208 subjects found that overall, regular use of Facebook had a negative impact on an individual’s well being.

Bad memories

While social media is a place where you save all your memories, the same thing can hit you in a negative way. Not all the memories are sweet. Some which may seem sweet at one of time, might not remain the same. It might come to haunt you back.

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Lack of sleep is major concerns raised by people is the lack of sleep after getting addicted to the public networks. The main problem here comes from addiction. There are people who spend hours on social media, reducing their sleeping time, eventually affecting their health.

Mental health

Not only have social networks been proven to cause unhappiness, but it can also lead to the development of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression when used too much or without caution.

In March 2018, it was reported that more than a third of Generation Z from a survey of 1,000 individuals stated that they were quitting social media for good as 41 per cent stated that social media platforms make them feel anxious, sad or depressed.

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