Is there a link between Increasing reports of poor mental health in terms of anxiety and loneliness and social media. Certainly, reported in the media is how the likes of Bill Gates of Microsoft are limiting the use of social media with their kids. However, we have to recognise that social media is growing in popularity even though in some instances the payback has been anything other than kind.
Undeniably, the user feels happier with a like and saddened by a response that was not desired. What is dangerous about this compulsive behaviour of constantly refreshing is a lack of sleep and personal development. Why so? Sleep deprivation has been widely reported to impact focus and to impair your ability to rationalise your thoughts. However, increasingly there has to be a worry about wanting to fit in, not with your own values, but with the values of others as we seek likes and by doing suppress our personality.
In my discussion with Ian Reynolds of K2 Creative a Social Media expert he provides guidance in this podcast link; https://anchor.fm/john-bullock5/episodes/Ian-Reynolds-K2-Social-Media-ebr2rg.
Ian has also provided a downloadable Social Media Guide for parents of teenagers.