Social media is clearly having an effect on many lives today, but many may not realize that Facebook may be bad for your health. People are frequently turning to Facebook when they have nothing else to do, and some even do it even when in the middle of a conversation.
It is so common, says Mark Zuckerburg, that people who use it typically spend 40 minutes each day. Research reveals that people are often checking their Facebook accounts to see what has been posted since the last time they looked at it.
Because of the frequent checking, research indicates that it may be affecting user’s health more than they think. Even more destructive than the health aspect, it may also be affecting sleep and relationships.
When it is realized that Facebook is clearly the social network with the most users, this means a massive amount of people are possibly being affected by it, and those they know are affected by it too. Estimates are that 71 percent of adults who are online use Facebook. As many as 70 percent of the users of the social network will check in daily, and about 40 percent will check in several times per day.
One negative aspect of checking in so often is that undergraduates have said that it affected their self-esteem. Being able to know what others thought affected some negatively and may have helped hinder a student’s academic and emotional adjustment. Older students were more positively affected by the use of social media, and Facebook may have helped.
An older study reported that people who use the popular social media may even check it before they get out of bed. This could be a powerful indicator that those who use it are being affected by it and the various pressures that may be seen on it when checked. Checking it this often may also reflect that not only may Facebook be bad for your health, but it may also be bad for some people’s mental health.
There is no doubt that what is seen on the social media’s pages can and will often affect their attitude and outlook. Emotional damage was found to occur by looking at the faces of others who appeared to be happy and smiling. A study performed in Germany in December of 2012 revealed that the more time that students in college spent on Facebook, the more negative they became about their own life.
Simple things like getting congratulations for achievements, birthdays, or receiving “likes” can create an addiction or compulsion if people start looking for them as affirmations of their own self-worth. A lack of them, for whatever reason, can create anxiety, dissatisfaction and feelings of loneliness.
When it comes to giving up Facebook for a better and more productive life, some found it harder to do than quitting drinking or cigarettes. Part of the fear of quitting has become known as the “fear of missing out” (FOMO).
Surveys have revealed that Facebook in particular may be bad for your health because it can be hard to relax or sleep after checking Facebook page, or your friend’s pages. On the other hand, deliberately spreading happiness and trying to help the other person be happy is contagious, too, and it is more powerful than negative expressions.
By Mike Valles