Social media and mental health

Social media impacts our daily lives in ways we could never have imagined 10 years ago. It’s the first place many people turn to communicate, source information and stay connected.

“The impact social media has on each person depends on a whole range of factors including our motivations for use, our interpretation of what we see online and our general day-to-day mental health offline,” says Louise.

For many, social media provides connection, belongingness, and a place to express identities and emotions. On the flip side, it can also encourage feelings of isolation and inadequacy as well as cyberbullying.

Summary of tips for social media use:

  • Stop and think before you post
  • Be prepared for feedback, good and bad (no likes, negative comments).”
  • Don’t compare your life to someone else’s highlight reel (or curated ideal persona)
  • Don’t be afraid to talk offline about what is happening online – including seeking help
  • And finally, don’t panic

“I think there has been a bit of a moral panic with regards to social media, and we are sometimes quick to blame social media for a whole range of issues. Social media hasn’t necessarily created new problems, rather we are now seeing everyday problems through the lens of the online context.”

 

Full article by Burgess, M (2018) via FB post @ https://knowing.swinburne.edu.au/post/168740860789/mental-health-check-things-to-remember-when

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