What is mental health?
When we talk about mental health, we refer to the mental piece, when we are happy, satisfied with ourselves, and most importantly love ourselves. Mental health is the most important for a human being to sustain a healthy life however it is always taken for granted by people and a sense of shame is attached to asking for help or check-up of the mental illness.
Mental health gets affected by various reasons but one of the most common reasons for affecting the mental health of citizens, especially the youth, is social media. Let’s shed some light on what social media is. What are its benefits and drawbacks? and how it affects a youth’s mental health.
What is an inpatient mental health Facility?
Inpatient mental health facilities refer to someone admitted to the hospital to stay overnight, whether briefly or for an extended period of time.
What is social media?
Social media today acts as a platform that helps us connect people worldwide along with getting the latest news every minute of the whole world. This is a way of development and a sense of being a modern and technologically advanced country and the citizen. Thus it can be regarded as fun. There are various social media platforms used by almost every citizen all across the world- Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and many more. We can say that these are connecting platforms as the name suggests, they connect people. However, it can be toxic in the long run and thus is killing our brains today. Social media, however, IS MUCH MORE, let us look at the drawbacks-
- Social isolation– a feeling of isolation from the people you know, one tries to isolate themselves from the people around and is busy using their phones or social gadgets be it at family functions, or any social gatherings.
- Social media addiction– when a person tends to get addicted to social media and spends most of his/her day on the platforms, neglecting the other essential activities that take place within the day. Studies and other social activities are kept in a queue and one keeps on prostrating every activity around them. Life begins to revolve around social media, trying to connect with new people, make their id more likable, and reach the masses. This creates a sense of laziness and dumbness wrapped all over the individual.
- It creates the most narcissistic environment – an environment where one tends to be wrapped all by themselves. There is a sense of just a feeling of ”ME”. Everyone is trying to make themselves look better, a competition develops which is not healthy but is only to look down upon others. it is a trap, though one tends to begin social media as a platform to grow slowly it drags the person down. It becomes toxic in the long run.
Mental health-related issues as a result of social media.
- Lost track of time– the person loses the whole day, 24 hours on social media, and a few minutes without that they start getting anxious, worried, and full of tension. At the same time, there is a feeling of guilt however the one reacts the same way the other day too. This schedule of every day makes a person guilty and ashamed of oneself for not focusing on their studies or work.
- Breaking point- there comes a stage when people realize the time they have wasted on social media without gaining anything useful or learning anything new. This leads to an emotional breakdown making a person weak and miserable.
- Lower self-esteem– viewing everyone on social media all dressed up and looking their best often tends to make the teen look at themselves with lesser confidence and thus reduce their self-esteem and self-belief.
- Increased sadness- destructive social comparison is one of the main reasons that lead the users all sad, vulnerable, and despicable about themselves. This destructive criticism is of no use since the things happening on social media become so far away from the reality that just brainwashes the user.
- Anxiety depression- when a feeling of loneliness engulfs the individual he tends to witness anxiety issues and depression. The main reason is because of the fact that the relationships formed on social media are usually fake and as time passes, this leads to a person doubting oneself and suffering from mental issues.
- A feel of a robot- spending a whole day on social media can make a person feel like a robot because sitting on electric gadgets makes one lose their own creativity, self-belief, imagination, and mental capability.
These issues are serious and one basic step that we as responsible citizens can take is to reduce the time of the use of social media. There have been several apps around that act as an alarm when the time limit of using a social media platform exceeds. Apart from these, we should focus more on spending time with our families, loved ones, and friends.
Few mental health hospitals with well-known therapists are present around me dealing with mental health issues at a successful rate.