What’s Driving Your Social Media Use?
The role social media does in mental health is massive. It can affect your concentration at work and disturb your sleep patterns, making you a slave to it. Since you can access online platforms through your phone or tablet, it makes it easy to be online most of the time because you always have your phone with you.
The round the clock accessibility can create impulse control issues with the constant alerts and notifications. Furthermore, it can be addictive, like gambling, alcohol, or drugs, and induce craving. Social likes, shares, and comments reward and raise your brain’s dopamine levels. Thus, you keep yearning for more rewards. You become addicted and spend most of the time posting and reviewing your posts on your favorite platform.
If your posts don’t get the likes and favorable reactions you were looking for, it can worsen anxiety and depression.