Can you go a day without checking your Instagram?
How many people do you know that start their day and end their day with Instagram? Many, no doubt. Since social media is such a big part of our daily lives, it’s important to be aware of the harmful effects of being constantly connected. Cyberbullying and social-media-related mental issues are on the rise and affect people of all ages.
Here are a few reasons why Instagram can be pretty damaging for your mental health.
You Start Comparing Your Life to Other People’s Highlights
Comparing yourself to others can be detrimental to your mental health. This is one of the main reasons behind the feeling of social isolation that Instagram can bring about. As you scroll through your feed, you’re probably guilty of comparing yourself to others and wondering how you measure up. It’s important to remember that people only share the best parts of their day on Instagram. This can create a sense of isolation and make you feel like you’re not good enough. When in doubt, try to remember that we don’t post about our fights with our family, our days with hormonal acne, or laundry day. And the ones who do, often add filters and still dress up for it.
It Can Create Feelings of Jealousy and Resentment
Seeing other people’s beach vacations and perfectly-balanced meals can cause envy. You may feel happy for your friends while still experiencing pangs of jealousy. These feelings of resentment can make Instagram a breeding ground for negative thoughts and feelings. Some people react to this by lashing out through cyberbullying. Others try to make their own lives look better by posting jealousy-inducing posts, creating a vicious circle of one-upmanship. You can have a healthy relationship with social media only when your jealousy is in check.
It Can Lead to Stress and A Loss of Productivity
Instagram is addictive and can take up significant chunks of your time, if you’re not careful. We all lead busy lives and time is a precious resource. Scrolling and clicking may not be the best way to use your time.
This is the reason why social media platforms are referred to as, “digital black holes.” You may think that mindlessly scrolling through Instagram is a great way to kill boredom, but before you know it, you’ll be spending hours online. Endlessly wasting time on Instagram can be a huge productivity killer and can even affect your performance at work. This can cause unnecessary stress, which has a damaging effect on your mental health.
Social media platforms like Instagram have become an integral component of human communication and interaction. By recognizing and avoiding problematic use, you’ll be able to find the right balance and have positive Instagram experiences.