The long-hours exposure to social media content on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other online gaming apps such as Pokemon Go adversely affects the children between the ages of 14 and 24.
The University of Arkansas recently published its research, which discovered substantial and predictable relationships between depression and all personality factors. The authors highlighted that the literature lacks studies that concentrate on how individuals interact with social media, resulting in depression.
Social media is probably meant for interaction, self-expression, and to foster a sense of community. The content is perceived in a passive way and arrests the mind of the perceiver, erupting the feelings of worry, sadness, and sleep deprivation, exposing kids to violence, abusive language, and bullying, and "FOMO" (fear of missing out). The inappropriate social comparison amplifies flaws about oneself. Unpleasant emotions and feelings can get triggered by engaging in negative content. Moreover, using social media frequently restricts face-to-face contacts and outdoor activities and can strain relationships.
However, the negative social media experiences can be enhanced as mentioned below.
Family media planning: Parents can set a time for using social media apps for everyone including themselves and can spend more time together while eating together at least 1 meal a day.
Interpersonal and intrapersonal communication: If people are aware of their emotions and how they relate to others. Because people have inborn emotional requirements for interpersonal relationships and understanding, through better communications, care, and a culture of kindness, we can make depression go away.
Take a break: Breathe afresh and avoid social media by in investing time in doing your favourite hobbies or working for your goals.