They had an unprecedented effect, leading some to think that it would be impossible to do without them. For 20 years, they were always more present in our lives. What are we talking about? A recent study has revealed that they are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and that they have a profound effect on our health, especially mental health.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube: social networks have revolutionized the bond between us; so that they generated anguish and depressive disorders in thousands of young people, becoming an excellent source of addiction.
The "Status of Mind" study of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) reveals that although these platforms have great opportunities to innovate, learn and be creative, they lose contact with reality, Sputnik explains. At the beginning of 2017, the RSPH conducted a survey of 1,479 users from 14 to 24 years old, asking them about the most popular social networking platforms. The purpose of the investigation was to discover what effect they had on their health and well-being.
Among the findings, it is noted that one of four people worldwide uses a social network: more addictive platforms than cigarettes and alcohol. The study shows that 91% of 16 to 24-year-olds use the internet exclusively to navigate social networks, and the use of these is linked to higher rates of anxiety, depression and lack of sleep. This period of life is important for the emotional and psychological development of the person.
In the mid-2000s, social networks became massive, and revolutionized the way in which people communicate and share information. The rates of anxiety and depression in young people increased by 70% in the last 25 years. In turn, cyberlying is a problem that grows exponentially: seven out of 10 young people have been victims.
In addition, one of the problems plagued by users of social networks is the "comparative syndrome", especially to the users of Instagram, the "platform of vanity". Instagram, one of the most popular social networking platforms, has proven to have the most negative effect on the mental health of its users. While YouTube was considered the most positive effect.
The study also concludes that social networks cause problems such as "FOMO" (fear of losing, according to their abbreviations in English), and yet they are presented as a space to experience social life. "The more they are used, the more likely it is that the comparative syndrome will be activated in individuals and users will begin to create false and idealistic lives." This can lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression and users. they could be completely unconnected due to discomfort or sadness, and become associate, "the study reads.