Social Media Can Seriously Harm Your Mental Health
Does social media seriously affect your mental health?
Model Delilah Belle’s iPhone case poses this question. Is it meant to raise awareness? Or to undermine social media platforms?
But to answer the question: sometimes.
Scientifically, social media is not bad for your mental health. Researchers say that it truly just depends on how you use that screen time. Social media can be a beautiful thing- you can connect with likeminded people, talk to friends, and educate yourself with the entirety of the world’s knowledge.
As a person with Borderline Personality Disorder, social media can be a blessing and a curse. For example, today I spent time on Facebook connecting with other Borderline people, giving advice and guidance wherever I could. I love getting to share my experiences with people who have gone through similar things, and for that I thank social media.
Here’s where the curse comes in. People think that bad social media usage consists of comparing yourself to others- to people who you think have a much better life than you, based on what they put out on the internet.
Truth is, the main thing that can affect mental health, especially for Borderlines, are the likes.
When a person posts something on social media, a lot of the time it is due to an expectation of likes and engagement. But I can tell you firsthand, that mentality is what becomes draining about social platforms.
Likes equal validation. And unfortunately, that’s the struggle with mental health and social media. Not only that, but the introduction of other reacts on Facebook has made it even worse.
Sometimes I feel sad because someone liked my comment, rather than loved it. I’ve seen people passive-aggressively use the laugh, angry, and crying reacts, which I think is the most draining part of all of this. Forget mean comments, now you can insult people with the click of a button.
So while the iPhone case does pose a legitimate concern, it seems as though the reaction to it may have missed the point. Maybe it wasn’t even meant to be taken seriously- it could just be a power move against Instagram. Either way, it is something to genuinely think about.