If you are living and breathing in the 21st century, then you’re also probably on social media. Kudos to those of you who have avoided the trends, posts, and likes, but most people are engaging with social media in one way or another. The recent Netflix documentary Social Dilemma highlighted some of the harmful effects of social media on mental health. In particular, there is a growing awareness of social media addiction.Social Media AddictionGiving how the algorithm of many of these applications bombards us with advertisements and content carefully curated to our designated interests, it is no wonder so many of us seem to be addicted. Some signs of addiction include:
If you are addicted to social media, as so many are discovering, you should try to put your phone down and away from yourself. However, equally important is making sure that the content you are consuming fits your personality and matches your sensibility. If you feel like your life is more than a sports car obsession and frenzied reporting on political turmoil, then you may need to change your feed. Here are some social media site-specific tips for consuming more of what you’re made of and less of what drives you mad.Facebook Tips
If you’re spending a lot of time on social media, at least make sure it’s with content that makes you feel marginally happier. If not, you are exacerbating pre-existing depression and anxiety. Make sure to balance the time you spend on social media with real-life activities so you don’t become too isolated. At Valiant Living, we want to help you overcome addiction in any form and its depressive side effects. We are a men’s only mental health facility in Denver, Colorado, that treats addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. To learn more about our services, you can reach us at 720-669-1285.