It Creates Unrealistic Expectations About Life
Things we see in places like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—is often a window into exaggerated and even misleading versions of peoples’ lives.
People surveyed across the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy and found that over 66 percent of the people surveyed make posts on social media designed to make it look like their lives are more interesting and adventure-filled than they actually are.
52 percent of British people surveyed said they post pictures specifically to make their friends and families jealous. Self-images and self-worth are distorted until we realize we can’t live up to what we’ve created about ourselves on the Internet. It’s a vicious cycle.
It Makes Us Sadder
Studies are becoming increasingly clear: these “social connections” actually increase our mental anxieties and stress.
Another study conducted by the Young Health Movement and the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed found that 14 to 24-year-olds believe that social media is worsening bullying, body image anxiety, and feelings of depression and loneliness. Instagram was found to be the worst offender.
It Makes You Irrationally Jealous
Ernie from high school that you never thought was going to go anywhere in life has somehow managed to make a living traveling the world and experiencing the finer things in life — all through a glorious set of perfectly curated filters.
And you? You work in an office. You get two vacations a year—every year—and you usually spend them in bed, hiding away from the world outside for a couple days. Ugh.
A study conducted last year by Kaspersky Lab showed that the more people use social media, the more jealous they become of their peers.
A study from researchers at the University of Michigan examined the association between attachment insecurity and electronic intrusion (unhealthy stalking of peoples’ significant others using social media). The researchers found that, in high schoolers, higher levels of attachment anxiety (and trust issues) were associated with more frequent use of electronic intrusion. Meaning that the more you use social media, the more likely you are to be too far up your significant other—shocker—the less likely you are to trust one another.
It’s Highly Addictive
Its creators specifically designed them to be addictive.