According to Marc Bain, social media is contributing to a whole range of mental health issues, including :
- sleep deprivation
- body-image issues
Fear of missing out, not being good enough and comparisons are all key issues, and this now seems to be an every growing issue, mainly amongst young people, but also around other ages.
Youtube seems to buck the trend, and another great positive is that nearly 70% of people who took part in the study reported that they received emotional support from social media.
The key thing of course, is to remember that all you see, is what people want you to see. In the same way that photographs are edited before going on line, so are people's lives. There are some very clever things which photoshop can do, so be wary of people's photshopped lives.
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, that is the only person to compare with.
And Instagram, which now has 700 million users globally, appears to be the social network having the greatest negative effect, according to a new report by the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), an independent charity focused on health education.