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Apr 16, 2015

How #SocialMedia Is Affecting Our Mental Health - #Infographic

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While social media addiction has not been specifically studied, the proliferation of social networks and smart mobile devices mean that social media is often a component of internet addiction. It's always there, always on, and even non-addictive people can often struggle to keep from compulsively checking alerts.

“The hyper-connectivity of the mobile age and the ubiquity of social media means that we've all literally in each other's pockets all day long. But how does always being "ON" affects out mental health? Is social media friend or foe?”

Take a look at the infographic below to find out.

Key stats from the visual:

66 percent people claimed to have difficulty relaxing or sleeping after spending time on social networks.

A university of Michigan study found that subjects felt sadder after going on Facebook, and that over time, they felt un-happier with their lives in general.

It's not all bad news, many studies have found that health social media use can actually improve our lives and mental health. It aids feeling of connection, especially across distance.

Experts agree that it's hard to make sweeping statements about a phenomena as huge and sprawling as social media, with millions of moving parts, variables, and relationships. Every individual will have a unique experience, so generalizations are of little use. However, all seem to agree hat moderation and balance are key.
How #SocialMedia is Affecting Our Mental Health - #Infographic
Graphic courtesy of Getoip.

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