Do you always use your phone? Has it been difficult for you to keep yourself away from social media accounts? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you are probably suffering from social media addiction. Excessive use of them can easily become your addiction, which can be harmful to your mental health. According to Digital Album in 2018, the number of people using social media was around 3.1 billion, which is around one-third of the world's population. According to an online database of scientific and medical research, around 210 million people worldwide suffered from social media and Internet addiction.
Social media addiction has a bad effect on children: Research
A recently published research in the journal, 'The Lancet', states that using the phone throughout the day can make you a victim of depression. Girls are more likely to have side effects as compared to boys. This means that if you are a girl and use social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. excessively, then you may be a victim of depression sooner than boys. Researchers found that 60 percent of the girls participating in the study had mental problems due to sleep disturbances and social media addiction. Whereas, 12 percent of the boys were going through mental disturbance due to these problems.
How does social media affect your brain?
Social media use is associated with anxiety and stress. When you receive a text message or comment from someone on social networking sites, it makes you feel uncomfortable due to which you get stressed. It can be difficult for you to quit social media addiction or reduce its use because there is a chemical called dopamine in your brain which makes you feel pleasant (when you are on social media) and does not let you get away from them.
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With the help of these tips, the harmful effects of using social media on your brain can be reduced.
Ban it completely
Instead of using social media, start keeping yourself busy with other tasks such as reading, cooking or doing any other work of your choice. Try to increase your offline conversation more. This will potentially help reduce your social media addiction. Apart from this, you can also remove social applications from your phone for some time.
Use customization features
One of the customization features is to mute the feed, also mute the information of accounts or groups that you are not interested in or that give you a boost of mental stress, this will make your mind feel very relaxed. You can also block such accounts.
Cutoff from social media during breaking news
There may also be false or fabricated news circulating on Facebook or WhatsApp (breaking news) such as a terrorist attack, rape, or any other sensational topic that may leave you deeply worried and stressed.
Follow those who make you laugh
There are many pages on Facebook and Twitter which are just for entertainment. Many baby and animal videos are available on the internet, which can calm your mind. Apart from this, you can also watch cooking videos. All these can be beneficial for your mental health. This is a good way to reduce the harmful effects of social media.
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