Social Media & Mental Health: Are Our Minds Safe?

Does the extensive use of social media sites, channels and tools cause some kind of disturbance or another to our mental stability? What are the psychological issues and disorders that social media can help breed, promote and encourage for both kids and adults? How can we control our social media presence to contain such a serious dilemma?

A Brief Prelude…

No one can underestimate or try to deny the power of social media and its ability to raise awareness for important issues and spread the word about various causes, but is that it? I mean apart from the privacy related problems and the work related concerns, are there no other negative “side effects” that we seem to be overlooking?

Common Mood Disorders

Common Mood Disorders

So, what other concerns could I talking about? Mental stability negatively influenced by social media, and here is how…

The top 7 psychological disorders social media helps promote…

In addition to their ability to brainwash us, I think social media channels and social networking sites pose the following psychological threats on our mental health and personality:

1. Schizophrenia: “a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Distortions in perception may affect all five senses, but most commonly manifest as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction”.

As the above definition clearly suggests, perception disorders are a mental problem, especially when it comes to certain complexes such as the “God complex” and claiming that one is someone he/she isn’t! Social media can help encourage such disillusion perceptions due to the fact that they allow for claiming to be who you are not and describing yourself differently using various channels!

2. Insomnia & Sleep Disorders: insomnia is “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both”.

In general, lack of sleep can be very problematic and I believe social media can cause it as well as insomnia at a more advanced stage. I take myself here as an example. I use social media from morning till after midnight and I confess Twitter has kept me up for early morning hours on several occasions. Not only is that not healthy, but it also can stress the mind and further cause lower level outputs.

Social Network Brainwashing! Be Vewy Vewy Caweful!

Are we gradually metamorphosing into brainwashed entities probing social networks to find a place where we can belong? Are we now the new breed of social networking junkies too blinded by our addiction that we are unable to see the intangible threads of silk wrapping us into the “web”? How and when did our lives start revolving around who did what, where and when and with whom? And how are we becoming more miserable, by the day, when we focus our lives around other people’s successes, relationships, status feeds and latest photo albums?

Allow me to point you towards the direction of the hidden truth that I’ve been unveiling through my latest research endeavor!

Do you remember the LooneyTunes character: Elmer Fudd? Well I certainly do! What reminds me of him most, apart from his inability to pronounce the letter “r”, is his obsession with Bugs Bunny! How he ran around all day, stalking him and getting into so much trouble just to catch him and yet he never did and his entire trauma was futile!

Come to think of it now, social networking could be exactly the same in certain aspects!

Whether we spend hours using our social network platform as an excuse to tail gossip stories about those we know or just as a path to find solutions to emotional or even physical insecurities, social networking seems to be crawling into our minds trying to steer us into believing that it might be the only hope left for many of us!

I believe otherwise: I think it is the cause rather than the cure! Here is why…

One of the “Great Ways to Make Yourself Absolutely Miserable” is through comparing everything you do to the lives and achievements of others and feeling bad about yourself for how happier, more successful and better looking they are than you. Social networking gladly offers you that option!

Within the same line of thought, allow me to ask you a couple of questions, and please feel free to share your answers or just ponder upon them: How easy is it now to stalk your ex boyfriend or girlfriend using Facebook for example? Wasn’t breaking up in “the good old days” more convenient? I mean seriously, a few calls here and there, a message every once in a while but that was mainly it! Now, with all the access you can have to every single detail of other people’s private lives, you are cursed with having the power to snoop around your ex’s profile, see his new pictures with the cute girl he’s been dating and you have all the excuses you need to make “getting over him” a mission impossible!

But that’s not just it!

I have recently finished reading a very disturbing article entitled: “Facebook can ruin your life. And so can MySpace and Bebo”. In this article you are able to see how, in addition to the usual daily miseries brought on by social networking, social networking can also cause you to lose your job, taint your reputation through imprisonment or even, in some extreme cases, sign your death sentence all in the name of “staying connected”!

To sum up my argument, I must admit that I believe that the social networking brainwashing cycle is endless and that there are numerous other discrete examples out there if we only look closer!

But I’ll leave you with something to think about: Is social network platform hypnotization the new clinical therapy or is it the new decade’s plague?

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