Sunday, February 7, 2016

Depression and Social Media



http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-resource-center/depression-social-media/


Social media is great and helpful however using it too often can make you feel depressed. Time is priceless and that is one thing that you can’t take back for sure. Are you sure that social media is worth your time? It is helpful however over using it is not good for you because you miss a lot of opportunities like activities that can benefit you in good ways. In fact, you lose a lot of face to face interactions which is necessary for people, especially teenagers. People who are already depressed can feel even more depressed. It is also a source for unhealthy relationships and you can become a victim of your thoughts. People with negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings can affect you and make you feel as depressed as they are. Spending lots of time on social media is not productive even though I know that it is really addictive.

Do you feel depressed after spending a lot of time on social media? Can you test it on yourself to see the difference? Did you ever think about about deleting all of your social media because you felt depressed? Do you think you can balance the effects of social media?








17 comments:

  1. Being on social media for a long amount of time is in fact extremely depressing. You see all the joy other people around you are going through, and also the sadness of others. Being with out social media is the ideal way to be happy. When you go to camps where you're not allowed to have a phone on you, don't you have more fun? It's more fun when you have less distractions from the things around you, and you don't have to just sit around and mope about how horrible your life is, or over think you're previous decisions.

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  2. I think that although there are times when using social media is detrimental to those with depression, I think that this post understates the positive effects of social media. This is not to say that relying on social media to feel positive about yourself is a good idea all the time, but rather to suggest a bright side to using social media to rant about things. If you feel like ranting about a particular event (and do it anonymously), having unbiased input from others can be incredibly helpful, as well as receiving support from friends and family. I think that the original article did a good job of explaining this, and was surprised that this blog post did not include that information.

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  3. Through the consistent use of social media in someone's life, I believe that they become less likely to communicate with people in person. This is not always true, but often a person on social media will be more comfortable speaking online than in person, leading to false emotions. I also agree with the article stating that depressed people going on social media leads to more depression. If you are depressed, the last thing you want to do is go online and see others happier than you, over going out and doing those things yourself. Also, from personal experience I've encountered some depressing and infuriating posts on social media that I would have been better off avoiding.

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  4. I think this article is really interesting! I haven't seen an article explaining this connection before, but I know that it is truthful. Social media, can be used in many positive ways; but it can be a cause for many negative things. As stated in the article, social media is you and a screen, not a real person so you aren't communicating with people in the real world face to face. Many use it as a chance to " to escape from reality or to avoid interactions with people who are trying to help you." I think limiting the use of social media can be very beneficial to individuals as well as the community. I have personally had various times where I deleted some or all social media sites off of my phone and I have found myself in a better mood, so it can be beneficial to some.

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  5. I think that this generation relies too much on social media, which can lead teenagers to become less active and social in their daily lives. I think that it is hard to say that social media causes depression but I think that social media can make a depressed person even more depressed. I agree with the statement in this article that states "spending lots of time on social media is not productive." I think that social media serves no beneficial purposes and it is sad that so many people are attached to it.

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  6. I think that social media has a lot of really positive consequences; however, it is also not surprising that it can potentially cause a depression. I think that the detail of this article that struck me the most was how social media can change the filter through which you view the world. For instance, a large portion of social media posts involve having fun with your friends or whatever, and when someone else sees those they think "Why is everyone having fun without me?" People don't really post any of the bad things in their life on social media, and this gives us the false expectation of our lives to be the endless party other people appear to be living. I don't think this means we should stop using social media, but we definitely should look at it knowing that people have problems that they don't show on social media.

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  7. After reading this article I do think social media is a huge problem for our generation. I think that teenagers especially are so caught up in social media that they don fine time to communicate with others. For example if someone interrupts you from using your social media you get bothered or annoyed. People are relying to much on social media that it takes away their opportunity to exercise or do daily life activities. People don't realize that being on social media can make you depress and this article shows a perfect way for someone to know if the are suffering from social media. Lately people are so connected to there phones that where ever you go people are always on their phones. I mean think about when are you never on your phone? Think about how late you stay up just checking social media. Not only does it affect your depression but your sleep. I think that people should turn of their phones once a while to enjoy the things around them.

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  8. I believe social media can has it's good and bad effects upon a person. Social media may be a good effect in a person's life if there is a moderate time spent online, and not particularly focusing on the negative areas of social media. Social media can become seen as a bad outlet after time is spent in mass numbers, because there is a lack of self control, and can lead to less sleep, which is a very large concern in the teenage world. People who do get cyber bullied should delete their accounts when they realize that this can cause a huge effect on them like depression.

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  9. social media for me is a very positive thing, but when over use it can really time consuming. social media is a very good way to talk or ask question with your friends, it's like they are with you talking to you. using it way too long can result of lack sleep and getting up late

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  10. The part of this article that says "social media can actually become a root of unhealthy emotions" is something I really agree with. Just recently, I deleted all my social media apps to just take a break from them for a while, and I have felt way better lately. I am not up in other people's business, and they don't know mine and it's okay. It is actually pretty easy to go without social media, and I recommend it to everyone. Trust me, you will feel way better and save your phone battery!

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  11. After reading this article, I can definitely see how social media can be depressing, and cause you to "become a victim of your own thoughts." Especially for people with FOMO (fear of missing out), seeing your friends hanging out with others on social media can cause you to feel more alone and will hurt your self esteem. There have been times where I have stopped going on social media for a few days, simply because I didn't have the time or forgot about it, and I ended up being in a better mood. So, although social media does a good job of reconnecting long lost friends, and makes it easy to share information, I think it would benefit everyone to disconnect for awhile and have more social interactions with friends.

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  12. I agree that social media can cause depression because I know personally when I go on social media for a long period of time I feel like I wasted a bunch of time I could have used on more important things. I could understand how depression could occur because you are acting anti-social and feel alone and have no one to talk to. Less social media is definitely needed with today's teenagers because so many of us are connected ob the internet or playing on their phones and are having less interactions with their friends.

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  13. I agree that being on social media 24/7 can lead to depression because you see all the fun that other people are having while you're there sitting on your couch munch in' on a bag chips. Being on social media can affect your time with friends. I don't often get sad when I'm on social media bc for me its just a different world for checking up on new things in the world today.

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  14. I agree that by using too much social media it can put you in a depressed mindset. I use most of the popular social media apps and when using it for too long I also become sad and feel like I'm wasting my time and that I could e doing something better and something more worth my time.

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  15. I absolutely agree that social media has the potential to initiate depression. This does happen to me when I'm stuck at home while seeing people go out and have a good time. Although I've never thought about deleting my social media, sometimes I will turn all my devices off so that I feel like that word of jealousy doesn't exist and then I go do something for myself. I feel like the problem with some social media users is that they will become depressed by social media and only further vocalize that feeling of depression online potentially without a response. This will only increase the level of depression. What I think folks should do is use social media to get their own thing together. Social media is meant to help people stay in contact. If people did so, social media sites wouldn't be such depressing places.

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  16. I absolutely agree that social media has the potential to initiate depression. This does happen to me when I'm stuck at home while seeing people go out and have a good time. Although I've never thought about deleting my social media, sometimes I will turn all my devices off so that I feel like that word of jealousy doesn't exist and then I go do something for myself. I feel like the problem with some social media users is that they will become depressed by social media and only further vocalize that feeling of depression online potentially without a response. This will only increase the level of depression. What I think folks should do is use social media to get their own thing together. Social media is meant to help people stay in contact. If people did so, social media sites wouldn't be such depressing places.

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  17. According to this article, I agree that social media takes away positive, and more social interactions with people around you. Social media can also increase depression if you are using it in a negative way by it making you feel even more sad than you were before you used your phone, or you telling yourself that other people are happier than you based on photos you have seen. I used to be on social media a lot and I noticed time flew by super fast and I could have been doing something more active, like exercise or homework. I have come to realize that social media takes plenty of time, and can cause me to be sad if I see a post I could have been better of without seeing. Therefore I adventure more with friends, family or by myself and look up to see that the world has more to offer than a screen.

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