Constant Use of Social Media Can Lead to Depression and Isolation. Work towards Decluttering Your Mind

Staying indoors and playing on your computers can make you an introvert personality and lead to issues like depression

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Mind BodyWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Jun 11, 2019
Constant Use of Social Media Can Lead to Depression and Isolation. Work towards Decluttering Your Mind

It is an ever growing concern on how the millennials are glued to their smartphones for hours together. That sudden movement when your phone rings, vibrates or flashes a light is enough to break your attention. We cannot wait to check our phones as soon as it rings. This is the power of smartphones and social media on us. It is said that mental health and depression is contagious and can get transferred by merely looking at photos or even messages of others. Social media can be a significant medium to spread such psychological conditions, warn a recent study. 

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Social Media and It’s Effects 

The emotional experiences of people on your social media list can significantly affect your personality. We often get influenced by celebrities by just looking at their photos. This is how emotions and thought process travels from one person to another through the platform of social media. The concept of having ‘friends of friends’ can harm several minds. Just spending time with your phones and on social media can lead to isolation, further to depression. The effects of loneliness and depression on an individual can be: 

  • Mood swings and constant need of staying aloof 
  • Incompetence in making new friends
  • Difficulties in having a conversation with others 
  • Raised levels of stress hormones, which can also be a cause of cardiovascular diseases
  • Discomfort due to social attention in public gatherings 
  • Shivering of hands and constant fluttering of eyes showing signs of distress around people 

Addiction to Technology, a Bane 

Vibrations, notifications and other alerts are enough to shift our attention to our phones in between important meetings and gatherings. The constant need for staying close to your phones can be a reason for depression in people. Our brains are always in active mode, and just a small nudge is enough to grab attention towards it. This very thing can be a reason for our dependency on smartphones. Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, says, Ringxiety is the anxiety, which happens due to waiting for essential calls. The body starts reacting in many ways when we do not get an important call. The mind starts thinking; the energies are invested in overthinking, which can lead to a tired mind and body.”

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Conflict in Families

In a recent study, it was referenced that around 30% of the conflicts between parents and children are a result of smartphones. Dr Aggarwal adds, “Kids make a work of their own when too much engrossed in social media. It takes all their efforts and their free time, leaving no time to spend with family and parents. In a time when everything is done on gadgets, it is important to draw a line in the usage of devices and smartphones and spend time outdoors.

Moderation is the Key 

In a time when social media is an integral part of our lives, moderation is the only key to save the next generation from anxiety and social depression. Following are some of the ways to de-clutter your mind from social media feeds: 

  • Spend time with your friends in person
  • Do not blindly follow and share social media feeds and trends
  • Follow what works best for you
  • Try working on not getting affected by other people’s lives, be it good or bad
  • Limit your usage slowly and steadily and take out time for relaxation and self-recreation 
  • Indulge in hobbies in real, instead playing games on smartphones 

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