Social media is a big influence on our generation. It can impact us on a day-to-day basis. There are many pros and cons to social media and its relation to mental health. Treating your mental health right is an important factor when it comes to social media.
Pros to Social Media
Let’s start with the pros of social media on mental health.
It allows you to communication your needs to others. Online chat rooms and help hotlines are there for you if you need them. There are also advice columns and other resources designed to help those struggling with their mental health.
Another pro is that social media allows you to meet others with similar or completely different mental health issues. This is a way to relate to others and gives an outlet for you to reach out and help others as well.
Next is that it makes learning about mental health issues easier and lets you find out about possible treatments and others experiences with them, for example, if someone had side effects from a medication or not.
Social media also allows for the destigmatization of mental health related topics. It can shed more light on commonly misunderstood disorders.
Cons to Social Media
Now let’s move on to the cons of social media on mental health.
Negativity online can bring you down. There is also pressure on media comparison, for example, to look a certain way or post certain materials.
Another issue is over sharing of mental health details. This can have a negative influence on you.
Trigger warnings also can lead you to stay away from facing your mental health issues and lead to chronic avoidance which can lead to more problems.
There is also a lot of stigma surrounding mental health topics. For example, there is quite a number of stigma around mental health and those who suffer with it will be violent or commit more crimes than people without mental health disorders.
Those were the pros and cons to social media on mental health that I came up with. There are many pros but also some cons to social media for anyone. Figuring out whats right for your own mental health is important.
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