Social Media for one, has positive and negative effects in our lives especially to the millennials. Modern technology and social media have great influences in forming their identities. The connection between social media and symptoms of Depression is still controversial and remains to be proven because even in the old days, cases of Depression were also documented.
When anxiety from various triggers is present, the capacity for self-reflection or self awareness is weakened because soc-med (as we call it) shapes how they perceive things and themselves. They sometimes lead their lives conforming to what they observe in social sites which make them lose their own identity and the family values inculcated in them. Self-promotion may also present a negative demeanor like narcissism which may result to low self-esteem associated to symptoms of Depression. Low-mood, low self-esteem and negative feed backs from soc-med posts are perfect ingredients to intensify the feelings of sadness present in the onset of Depression. “Likes and shares” were often relative to receiving support to one’s posts and expressions of personal issues. People tend to become so invested in expecting to pick-up number of “Likes” which make them feel better but at the same time, they feel dejected when they fail to collect “Like” clicks on their posts. Generally, our sense of purpose has recently become subjective to social media responses.
What’s your take regarding this issue?