Found this article about how social media is getting to you!!
It turns out all that liking and commenting might not be good for you
It's Wrecking Your Sleep
A study done at University of Glasgow in 2015 found that, in addition to increasing anxiety and depression, social media can also lead to decreased quality of sleep. The study surveyed 467 kids from age 11-17 on how often they use social media, and, in a separate survey, evaluated their sleep quality, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Perhaps unsurprisingly, social media usage affected teens negatively in all areas, especially sleep in subjects who use social media later at night. To combat this, the researchers didn't advise giving up social media completely (who wants to do that?) but, instead, imposing a "digital sunset," which basically means powering down all your devices about an hour before you go to bed and giving yourself some time to decompress.
It Shelters You From Differing Opinions
Most of us are aware that social media is a bit of an echo chamber. That is, you log on, see what your friends and family and favorite celebrities are saying, and log off. This basically serves to create a bubble in which your own beliefs and opinions are never challenged, and, as a result, assume that everyone in the world is on the same page. In fact, that's what most social media platforms want you to think -- many studies have found that Facebook, in particular, uses certain algorithms that ensure their users pretty much only see things on their feed that they agree with. Of course, it can be argued that this bubble isn't all bad -- social media wouldn't be very fun if you were consistently bombarded with opinions and ideas that you find upsetting or offensive every time you logged on -- but it does make it easy to believe that everyone in the world has the exact same beliefs as you do. Which, as many of us discovered after the 2016 U.S. election, sort of is a bad thing.
It Can Make You Feel Alone
Ever felt lonely, got on Facebook or Instagram to distract yourself, then found that it actually made you feel more alone? Ironically enough, you're not alone there. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine earlier this year found that, since social media gives off the impression that everyone else having the time of their life every single day, it can make users feel more lonely and isolated. Basically, the more social media one uses, the more isolation they're likely to feel. So, if you're feeling sad and alone, maybe watch a movie or read a book before you get on Facebook.
Social Media Might Harm Your Physical Health, Too
Most studies on the relation between social media and health focus on the mental aspects. (Which, obviously, is important.) But, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology earlier this year, social media use could have a negative effect on your physical health, too. The study, which evaluated the well-being of social media users based on how many "likes" they gave out found that those who gave out higher amounts of likes had worse mental and physical health than those who gave out lower amounts.
You're Probably Addicted To It
Ever said, in passing, that you feel like you're "addicted" to your phone or computer? Chances are, you actually are. A study done at the University of Maryland, in students were asked to go a full 24 hours without social media, found that college students often experience addiction-like dependency with social media. Obviously, this is a mental addiction, and not a physical one that you might experience with drugs. This study also focused solely on the personal accounts of students during this 24-hour period, so it's unclear how long this feeling of dependency lasts. (It's possible, for example, that the need to check Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, or whatever, lessens each day.)
It Can Actually Shrink Your Brain
Do you check Facebook a lot? If so, you could be shrinking your brain's gray matter (which contains all of your synapses), according to a study done at two German universities earlier this year. Over the five-week study, researchers monitored 46 male and 39 female Facebook users, tracking the amount of time each subject spent on the Facebook app on their phone, as well as the number of times they "checked in." The results? The more times users checked Facebook on their phone, the smaller their gray matter volumes were.
Instagram, In Particular, Is Ruining Your Life
A recent study done at UK's Royal Society for Public Health found that Instagram (perhaps unsurprisingly?) is the most negative social media platform for a young person's mental health. This study, which evaluated Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, found that Instgram produced the most feelings of anxiety and other mental health issues. The reasons for this are ones you are probably already aware of -- Instagram, more than any other app, allows one to curate their own existence to make it appear as though their life is perfect and seamless, which means that scrolling through the app when you're feeling slightly sad or inadequate is likely to exacerbate this feeling. Because of this, the UK's Royal Society for Public Health wants Instagram to implement a policy in which they issue a disclaimer when an image has been altered or photoshopped.