How does the Internet affect mental health?
Excessive Internet use may create a heightened level of psychological arousal, resulting in little sleep, failure to eat for long periods, and limited physical activity, possibly leading to the user experiencing physical and mental health problems such as depression, OCD, low family relationships and anxiety.
Social Media has many positive effects on education including better communication, timely information, socializing online, learning, enhancing skills, making a career among others. But the same has some negative effects which include identity theft, cyber bullying, and social isolation.
Social Media addiction and social anxiety disorder are strongly correlated and recent studies indicate that social media addictions can cause social anxiety disorder. Positive feedback in the form of likes or followers is a reward that stimulates the brain and rewards it with (highly addictive) dopamine.
Research has shown that people who use social media frequently have increased levels of negative emotions such as envy and isolation. … Well, the tendency of others to distort reality (through selective posting) in their social media can cause some to feel that everyone else has a better life than the viewer.
It has made it easy to connect to our family members, friends and relatives on a real-time basis. With social media, people can share pictures and videos and communicate with their close ones. This has strengthened relationships and it is bringing families together in a way that was not possible in the past.