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Why Social Media Creates Anxiety

anxiety Dec 14, 2022
Social media apps in the palm of a person's hand

Social media has become integral to our lives in today's digital age. While it can be an excellent tool for connecting with friends and family, staying up-to-date with news, and expressing ourselves creatively, it can also be a source of anxiety.  

The connection between social media and anxiety is a complicated one. On the one hand, it can create a false sense of connection and community, leading to loneliness and isolation. At the same time, it can create a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out) as users constantly compare themselves to others. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.  

Social media's “always-on” nature can also be overwhelming, as users must constantly check their feeds and respond to messages. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress.  

Finally, social media can be a breeding ground for cyberbullying, which can lead to feelings of fear and insecurity.  

For those struggling with anxiety, its essential to recognize the connection between social media and anxiety. Taking breaks from social media, setting boundaries, and engaging in self-care activities can help manage anxiety. 

Additionally, seeking help from a mental health professional can be beneficial in managing the anxiety associated with social media.

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