70% do not put down their phones even when in bed, which disturbs their mental health
In today’s world, everybody inclines towards the internet. The population of the planet has surpassed 8 billion. Thus, internet users make up 5.3 billion of those. China has the most active social media population compared to other countries. However, out of everyone on the globe, Indians use social media the most.
However, at least in this instance, Indians have exceeded the US and China by putting aside our needs for food, water, sleep, and relationships.
Indian smartphone users look at their devices for an average of 7.3 hours every day, according to the research firm RedSeer. They spend most of this time on social media.
Therefore, Chinese consumers watch 5.3 hours per day on average, compared to 7.1 hours per day for Americans. Indians utilize social networking applications the most overall. An individual has seven social media accounts on average in the US and the UK, compared to at least 11 for Indians.
According to research, people’s mental health deteriorates as their screen time increases. In addition to anxiety and despair, they experience numerous other, more severe mental health problems. As a result, excessive screen time may lead to social media addiction. 70% of people who are active on social media do not put their phones down even after going to bed, according to the scientific journal PubMed.
While utilizing social media, the dopamine hormone, a feel-good neurotransmitter, is released. It provides the user with the same sense of fulfillment and enjoyment as eating delectable cuisine, conversing with close friends, and forging connections. Users get reward points for comments, likes, and shares on their photographs, videos, and posts. One feels an odd sort of happiness as a result. Thus, the brain’s reward center is stimulated. As a result, users begin to spend more time on social media sites.
Social media deceives people into believing that everyone is content and that the world is a pleasant place. On social media, everyone shares images that appear flawless and joyful. It presents a false image of a joyful life to the public using Photoshop effects and other programs. Everyone strives to seem flawless, but in the process, people lose their mental health by being stressed or irritated.
Social media’s harmful effects grow so devastating that some individuals consider suicide. Unsettling information discovered during the Journal of Youth and Adolescents’ investigation of the suicide link to social media. Thus, it was discovered that the risk of self-harm increased when one spent more time on social media. Like adults, 13-year-old females who spent two hours each day on social media also had a very high risk of suicide.
FOMO (fear of missing out) is where social media addiction starts. The term “FOMO” refers to the dread of falling behind or of not being able to enjoy yourself. There are people who believe that their friends are taking advantage of social media and enjoying it while they are passing up possibilities because of FOMO. The mind is harmed when too much time is spent on social media and real life is given less priority. The study from Lancaster General Health Hospital in Pennsylvania shows that when likes and comments do not come as expected, dissatisfaction rises.
However, it is high time to invest more in our real lives than our social media lives. It is critical to distinguish between real life and life on the internet. As a result, it will eventually provide people with directions.