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8 Ways Social Media Negatively Affects Mental Health

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Let’s face it; in a world where social media hits us in the face with the latest job promotions, home purchases, births, engagements, vacations, and even breakups you can get overwhelmed and sucked into a vortex of jealousy, competitiveness, and depression before you even realize it.

Current day society is data hungry; it devours tidbits of news on people we know well and even unfairly gives us a glimpse into the lives of those we don’t know well. It’s easy to get caught up in the image of a person or life that social media presents, and leads to envy, rejections, and subconscious comparisons with our “friends”.

Social media depression, a phenomenon characterized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the psychological impact that social media websites—such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as gaming sites with virtual worlds, YouTube, and online communities—that cause depression and self-esteem issues in people with underlying risk of mental health issues.

Here are eight cues that you might lead to social media depression…

1. Productivity Drain

You have to admit it; while social media might help us connect more easily throughout a day it also diverts our attention and hampers productivity.  The brain has difficulty focusing attention on more than one task at a time, which means if you’re working as you watch YouTube videos you’re really putting your work quality and accuracy at risk, draining your overall productivity.

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