In the age of social media and the internet, the lifestyle of almost every individual on planet Earth has changed, and the effect of the internet on our lives has been such that the pre-internet era can only be seen on the internet. From booking a ticket for your travel to making a doctor’s appointment or pursuing a professional degree to practice it, the internet has now created a space for everyone. While the digitalization of education, health, and other aspects of life have proven to be a boon for millions of unprivileged people, on the other side, it has its dark side. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms have connected people worldwide with each other.
The number of content creators has catapulted in recent years like never before, but as we mentioned, there are many dark sides to social media as well. People start to suffer from FOMO (Fear of missing out), anxiety, depression, loneliness, and other mental health issues purely because they spend a massive amount of time on these social sites where they see other people sharing the best part of lives like going for a trip, getting a promotion in the company, birthday celebration, buying a new car or even getting engaged and married all these kinds of stuff are being shared on the social media by the users which creates FOMO for many other people.
People who frequently update their social media statuses are generally the people who get addicted to this process. Even when they dine with their friends in a restaurant, they tend to click a picture of their meal and share it on these social sites. According to research, the happy hormone “dopamine” is released whenever a person gets pleasure. Regular exposure to dopamine makes people addicted to it, which is why we see people around us who are constantly using their mobile devices 24/7. It is tough for them to quit this addiction because social media isn’t the only thing people use their smartphones for. Excess use of social media invites many negative threats to our mental health; we even start to believe things that are not genuine or are exaggerated at certain levels. The physical appearance of any individual on social media is rarely identical to that in the real world.
Still, because people share it digitally, it causes insecurity to the people who are not that good-looking or are facing any health issues. It disconnects people in the real world, and they spend more time on these social sites. According to research, mental health issues have spiked since the evolution of the internet and social media, and the numbers are growing with time. People who don’t use social media less are more likely not to suffer these mental health issues; some people quit social media and have shared that their mental health has never been better. Concluding all these points, we can say that using the internet and social media should be in our own hands for our purpose and should not be mindlessly scrolling on it all the time, which initiates these issues.