Millennial meltdown: social media increase the risk of depression in young people because it forces them to compare themselves with unrealistic lifestyles
- Millenials are more likely to be depressed by comparing themselves with others
- Mental health is poorer if people show signs of addiction to social media
- People who have been tagged in non-flattering photos are also more likely to be depressed
Millennials run the risk of depression by comparing themselves with others on social media.
Young people are significantly more depressed when they are worried that people are better online than they are.
A study of more than 500 millennials, aged between 18 and 38, found that their mental health is worse when they show signs of addiction to social media.
Those who focus on people who & # 39; better & # 39; or & # 39; worse & # 39; are then themselves online, or who get more upset because they are tagged on non-flattering photos, will show symptoms of depression.
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Scientists at Texas State University discovered that young people are significantly more depressed when they are concerned that people are better online than they (shares)
The study looked at young adults who used at least one of the social media sites Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The authors say that their results support the theory that comparing yourself with others on one line is detrimental to well-being.
Dr. Krista Howard, of Texas State University, said: "The key is for individuals to become aware of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes to their use of social media can be made to to reduce the behavior associated with psychological distress.
Some changes can reduce the time spent on social media, not tracking individuals or groups that cause problems, or limiting online social comparisons. & # 39;
Researchers asked people about their use of social media and then about their emotions for the research.
They were asked how much, from not at all to almost every day, they felt depressed or hopeless, or had little pleasure in doing activities.
Young people were more likely to show signs of depression, if they agreed to focus on people better or worse off. than them on social media (stock)
Young people showed more symptoms of depression like this when they agreed to focus on people who are better or worse off & # 39; then them on social media.
The study states: & # 39; Many people who report on social media tend to profile themselves as overly positive by posting mainly positive aspects of their lives, so comparing themselves with an exaggerated online persona of a person who gets better considered, can lead to depressive symptoms or jealousy. & # 39;
People with signs of depression have previously shown signs of addiction to social media, such as being restless or troubled & # 39; feel if they did not use social media. They were also more likely to be unhappy about the online appearance on non-flattering photos.
HOW DO PARENTS CAN PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN ONLINE?
A recent study found in sharing parenting advice on social media, common topics included:
- Letting children sleep (28 percent)
- Tips for nutrition and food (26 percent)
- Discipline (19 percent)
- Childcare / kindergarten (17 percent)
- Behavioral problems (13 percent)
These common topics of conversation often reveal important information about a child, including: name, age / date of birth, name of the school and even their appearance.
Although it can be very difficult to protect the privacy of children in the digital age, there are some things that can be done to protect children from online dangers.
Know your privacy settings
It is amazing how many parents leave on their Instagram location settings. Turn off your location settings if you do not want people to know where you and your children live.
Only share with people who care about it
Ask yourself if all the people you share your photos with really want to see and protect them in a way that you would like.
Explore private social networks
Private social networks provide a safe way to share your children's photo 's with your family and friends.
Do not take digital photos
Ultimately, the only way to be 100 percent certain is that you do not have a digital footprint, do not have to make digital photos, but this is not a road that the vast majority of people want to go to.
The most depressed people felt more often & # 39; noticed & # 39; when people read their Snapchat story – a post on social media that appears only for a short time.
Experts say that comparing oneself in particular can lead to long-term stress on young people who have grown up in the digital age.
But the study, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, emphasizes that social media is not all bad.
Dr. Howard said: "Although this study indicates social media behavior associated with severe depression, it is important to recognize that social media use can offer many positive benefits, including promoting social support." ;