Social media pressure is extremely real and according to the latest research, it can lead to anxiety and depression in teens.
During those teenage years, certain things are blown out of proportion, and creating a likable social persona has been the core of teenagers’ activity for decades. But social media has taken this already problematic issue and it has exacerbated it into a full time activity.
In fact, this is exactly how teens view social media, as a full time activity, because the vast majority of them believe that how people respond to their social media pages is extremely important. And this is how social media gets to have a massive influence on teens’ self esteem.
However, there are two very dangerous aspects about measuring your self esteem in likes, shares and comments. One one hand, self esteem becomes directly proportional to the reaction of cyber friends, or cyber bullies for that matter. And on the other hand, if the online persona cannot be replicated in real life, it could lead to rejection.
But according to a recent research project conducted by Glasgow University, the pressure of simply staying connected on social media for as long as it takes to keep up with the activity can lead to anxiety and depression.
This pressure has even created the term FOMO, that teens use for Fear Of Missing Out (on social media), because teen actually view it as a full time job. This often leads them to stay online until late at night and even until the early hours of the mornings, which greatly affects the quality of sleep that these teens get.
This actually contributes to the depression and the anxiety, because teens need their sleep during those years and a chronic sleep deprivation can have quite sizable consequences.
“While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected.”said Dr. Heather Clealand Woods, the lead researcher of the study.
The solution to this massive issue is communication, which unfortunately might be a problem in its own among teens and their parents. Teens need to understand that there is life outside social media as well and that some things, such as getting the right amount of sleep are crucial for their well being and that is is ultimately up to them to take care of that.
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