They had an unprecedented frequency, leading some to think it would be impossible without them. For 20 years they are increasingly present in our lives. What are we talking about? A recent study has revealed that they are more biased than cigarettes and alcohol and that they have a serious impact on our health, mainly on mental health.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube: social networks revolutionize the way we connect with each other; so much that they have caused anxiety and depressive disorders in thousands of young people who have become a major source of addiction.
The "State of the Mind" study of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) shows that although these platforms offer great opportunities for innovation, learning and creativity, they lose contact with reality, explains Sputnik. In early 2017, RSPH conducted a survey of 1,479 users aged 14 to 24, asking them about the most popular social networking platforms. The purpose of the study is to understand what the health and well-being impacts are.
Among the findings, it is noted that every fourth person in the world uses a social network: platforms that are more biased than cigarettes and alcohol. The survey shows that 91% of young people aged 16 to 24 use the Internet only for social networking and their use is associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression and lack of sleep. This period of life is crucial for the emotional and psychosocial development of man.
In the mid-2000s, social networks became massive and revolutionized the way people communicate and share information. The degree of anxiety and depression among young people has increased by 70% over the past 25 years. In turn, cyberbullying is a problem that is growing exponentially: seven out of 10 young people have been victims.
In addition, one of the problems affecting social network users is "comparison syndrome", mainly for users of Instagram, the "vanity platform". Install, one of the most popular social networking platforms, has been the most negative impact on the mental health of its users. Although YouTube was considered the most positive impact.
The study concludes that social networks are the cause of problems such as FOMO (fear of losing with an acronym in English), yet they represent themselves as a space for experiencing social life. "But the more they are used, the more likely it is that the syndrome is activated in an individual and consumers start creating a lying and idealistic life." This could lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, they could completely disengage from discomfort or sadness and become associal, "the study said.