Why Should You Slow Your Social Media Scroll

In today’s world, most of us rely on social media platforms but it has adverse effects on your mind and body. Here is what you should keep in mind.

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaPublished at: May 29, 2022Updated at: May 29, 2022
 Why Should You Slow Your Social Media Scroll

Human beings are social creatures. In order to live a fun and loving life, we need the companionship of others. This helps to thrive in life, and gather strength of our social circle in various lows and highs of life. Social connection also has a huge impact on our mental health and general well- being. Social media caters to benefit this desire of ours. It has become a platform where people of every age connect to others in order to ease stress, anxiety, and depression. For many social media has also become the platform to boost self-worth, provide comfort and joy. All in all, social media has become upside to our lives. On the flip side, excessive social media use can pose a serious risk to your mental and emotional health.

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Side Affects Of Social Media

In today’s world, most of us rely on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram to find, connect and chill with others. While each has its benefits, it’s quintessential to remember that social media can never be a replacement for real-world human connection. Therefore, it is important to find a balance between the real and reel world. Here are a reasons why you should slow down your social media scroll.

1. Low self-esteem

There is no denial that social media aggravates the feeling of inadequacy about your life or appearances when you see other people living a better life than yourself. It is important to understand that most people are just portraying a happening life when in fact they are not having half of as much fun. Excessive social media usage tends to develop a constant mindset and the feeling of inferiority. Therefore, limit your usage accordingly.

2. Fear Of Missing Out

FOMO, or "Fear Of Missing Out," is a real phenomenon that has become common these days. It causes significant stress and trauma which often times have serious health hazards involved. The fear of missing out refers to the feeling that your friends or other acquaintances are having more fun, living a better life, or experiencing better things than yourself. It is aggravated with a deep sense of envy or jealousy and directly affects a person's self-esteem after seeing them having fun without you. FOMO in most cases is exacerbated by social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat and/or Facebook. 

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3. Increased strain on eyes

Slowing down the pace of your social media scroll can seem to be a long shot if you are someone who uses social media platforms for over 3 hours in a day. However, it is as important as maybe breathing or eating. It is important to give your eyes some break and rest them well.  Make sure that you put your phone and other gadgets aside at least 2 hours before you sleep. It is also suggested to not sleep around any gadgets.

4. Side affects on brain

Excessive scrolling on social media platforms and applications proves to be a bane for our brain's health. Constant scrolling catches up and overwhelms the brain with too much information. So much so that it seems to run out of control. Social media portrays all sorts of information; good, bad and missed. The content we read and see becomes a part of us and that stays with us. Often times we do not have the control over the algorithms of such platforms and feel our brain with junk. Therefore, it is important that a person restricts the usage of such ideas and beliefs in order for a better mental and physical health.