Social media is a powerful tool for connecting people from around the world. But how does it affect your mental health and drug abuse risk?
This post will explore how your social media use affects your mental health, what you can do about it, and why we should all be more mindful of our online presence.
There are several ways online support groups may prove to be detrimental. For example, some people rely too much on these sites and do not seek out other types of help or resources.
This can cause them to stay in toxic relationships or situations for longer than necessary.
Additionally, many people find that there is a lot of negativity within the forums themselves.
This may worsen your mental health if you are a sensitive person who takes things personally or has had negative experiences with negative behavior from others.
Finally, some forums are not moderated well at all and people tend to post very inappropriate things that can be triggering for others who have experienced similar trauma before (e.g., sexual assault).
Social media has the power to make us feel inadequate. With so many people posting selfies and boasting about their successes, it can be easy to compare yourself with others’ lives and wonder if you’re measuring up.
For example, if your friend is a model for a popular clothing brand and posts pictures of herself in a bikini on Instagram all summer long, that may lead you to think that somehow, she has better life than you do
—even though she might have just been paid to wear the swimsuit in question.
While social media can make teens feel like they are missing out on something important (or even just fun), those feelings can also lead them down dangerous paths:
drug abuse is one potential consequence of feeling left behind by friends or family members online or off.
You can access the entire world with only a few taps on your screen. You can send messages to anyone in your address book, browse through endless images and videos, find out what’s happening around the globe in real-time, or connect with friends who live far away.
Social media has become an important part of many people’s lives—but it can also have negative effects on some users.
Social media makes us feel more isolated.
While connecting with people online may seem like a great way to keep up with those who are far away from you geographically, it has been shown that this connection does not replace face-to-face interactions (Hoyt et al., 2017).
The social comparison aspect of looking at others’ posts on Instagram or Twitter may make you feel inferior about yourself as well as increase anxiety about how other people perceive you (Ferrari & Vosgerau, 2017).
You may have heard that social media can be a trigger for addiction and relapse. But what does that mean?
To understand how social media can contribute to addiction and relapse, you need to know more about how the mental cycle of addiction works. The mental cycle of addiction is a three-step process:
3) negative consequences/relapse.
During the first step of this process, you experience strong cravings for drugs or alcohol and begin thinking about them at random times throughout your day (for example: late at night while watching television).
At some point during this phase, you might feel tempted to act on those cravings by actually consuming your drug of choice or going out drinking with friends who also use drugs or alcohol.
This leads to step three
—negative consequences/relapse—when these actions lead back into an environment where drug use is present (like parties), which could cause an immediate return back into the first stage of craving again!
There are ways to reduce social media’s negative impact on your mental health.
Social media can be an amazing tool for people to connect, but it can also be harmful in many ways.
It’s important to know what you’re getting into before diving into the digital world and its many pitfalls so that you can set yourself up for success.
If you find yourself struggling with social media addiction or other mental health issues related to your use of this technology, I hope that this article has given you some insight into how these two things are connected—and what steps might help alleviate those struggles!