20 January, 2023 |

Youth

Gaslighting the Minds of the Youngsters: The Detrimental Effects of Social Media!

Prominent social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat dominate our lives today. But nobody really knows or bothers to understand the hidden monsters within that ruin our lives. Let's check out the damaging effects of social media.

Story Tanya is a 13-year-old girl. She has always excelled in all her activities in school. But recently, as she joined and started using social media, she has shown signs of dissatisfaction, restlessness and hyperactivity. Her mother later found out that she is being bullied for her looks and lifestyle online through mean comments by strangers and she's internally feeling pressured by the perfect lives portrayed online.

She has often asked her parents to get trendy expensive gadgets and clothes, but not being able to get them, she feels frustrated and doesn't want to socialize any further. She mostly remains distressed and doesn't want to talk to anyone nowadays. Such is the effect of social media on teens and even kids in modern times. Let's have a deeper insight into this grave issue which needs to be urgently addressed.

Introduction The internet is a double-edged sword. It is one of the most significant inventions of the twentieth century, but it has also contributed to a rise in mental health issues.

Social media has become an integral part of our lives and how we communicate with one another. However, it can also be detrimental to our mental health. Many studies show that social media use can lead to depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and other mental health issues among young people. Let's read further about various ways in which social media can impact a person's overall mental constitution.

**Negative Impacts Of Using Social Media ** Social Media creates various unnecessary pressures and harmful effects among youngsters, some of which include - -Fear of missing out (FOMO) -Exposure to age-inappropriate, upsetting and traumatic content -Access to inaccurate information -Lack of privacy and miscommunication -Creating unrealistic expectations -Exposure to online predators -Exposure to cyberbullying -Exposure to frauds and scams -Negative body image -Feelings of pressure to create and present a perfect version of yourself and your life.

Reports -An ExpressVPN survey of 1,500 Americans found that 86 per cent of those ages 16 to 24 reported that social media directly negatively impacts their happiness. -About 2/3rd of Indians spend time online on different social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. Each day, about 100 million Indians are engaged in social media. -Young individuals aged 18-24 years spend excessive time on these applications – with Facebook and Instagram having 97.2 million and 69 million users from this age group alone in India, clearly showcasing the growing dependency of the Indian youth on social media.

Coping Up With The Harmful Effects Since the problem nowadays is so apparent, finding ways to recuperate from it is essential. Some methods to deal with the pressure of social media are - -Find a balance between the online world and the natural world. -Create a phone-free zone by encouraging mealtime conversation at the dinner table or the bedroom to support healthy bedtime habits. -Monitoring and managing the use of electronic devices. -Caregivers to provide encouragement, support and a listening ear by discussing problems and having open-ended conversations.

Conclusion Social media may offer benefits during times of isolation but has its fair share of downsides and disadvantages. It is possible to enjoy the positive side of social media with responsible management of such apps.

The youth can make the most of their social media time by balancing the time spent on social media and real life. Remember that we are supposed to enjoy social media, not get stressed by it. It's necessary to formulate the usage accordingly.

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