It turns out that every second person can get depressed among those who upload their life photos to the social media platform on a daily basis. Sandor Alexandra Valéria, from the study of a doctoral student at the Doctoral School of Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University, published in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies. About the phenomenon, communication, possible precautions and solutions with the author of the study dívány.hu spoke.
Time spent on social media and actually sharing self-representative content has shown an increasing trend during previous waves, which has been associated with an increased and increased risk of depression among those who share self-representative content most often. In the intervals between each wave, the rate of image sharing decreased, then jumped again and again during shutdown.
Why might people with poor mental health be more active on social media?
There is likely an interaction between fragile mental health and being active in social media, according to the research done so far. Anyone who is mentally worse off may want more positive feedback because they hope they get better – at least temporarily. Social media is the perfect place to gather quick and predictable positive feedback, as we all know content that others love. Since everyone loves to get positive feedback mainly, it is not surprising that users are likely to show their most useful side on social media.
On the other hand, if someone spends a lot of time browsing content posted by others – which is likely to be carefully selected, possibly modified “snaps” – they may be faced with the fact that their real life is not as exciting and idyllic as others seem. This can lead to dissatisfaction and negative thoughts and feelings, which has a detrimental effect on mental health.
In what mechanism did the times of the pandemic negatively affect their mental health?
The term “coronavirus anxiety” has become ingrained in the mental health literature over the weeks, implying not only the fear of illness but the response to difficulties caused by the changing conditions due to the pandemic. It cannot be emphasized enough: It is a massive change, from moment to moment, to the way in which most of the institutions that make up our daily lives – school and work – and online social media connections have been largely rewritten and even find themselves at home most of the day, who They almost went home to sleep, or at least stayed somewhere else from morning to night.
Moreover, this change is now happening not only in the life of the individual, but in the countries affected by the epidemic globally, at the societal level. And it interacted with another change that social media has brought into our lives in recent decades: we practically pursue a virtual self-representation that is influenced by “real” (individual or societal) changes, while “real life” (individual or societal)) via social media at a time restrictive measures.
What are the warning signs of depression that appear through the use of social media?
It’s definitely a thought-provoking sign if we feel irritated while using social media apps or after using them. It is worth paying attention to the thoughts and feelings that each and every platform’s posts evoke. This is because social media itself is not “good” or “bad,” but rather a medium, a neutral device that users fill with content and are free to decide when, how much, and how to use it. In general, depression may be less enjoyable than activities you previously enjoyed, or you may feel sad, depressed, or resentful for long periods of time, but it is important to leave the diagnosis to a professional rather than searching online.
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