The number of people on social media has grown 13% in the past 12 months, on average these people spend 2.5hrs on social media. This leaves us to question, is social media causing you stress?
Social media and stress
Social media has changed the way we live our daily lives. From notifications to likes to status updates, it is important to understand the impact of social media.
Many studies have been conducted on the topic of social media’s impact on mental health, however, the results tend to vary. This study found that frequent use of social media has no impact on stress in men. However, for women, a small link was found where social media can relieve and cause stress. Depending on the type of social media, and the frequency of use.
However, a similar study found that social media increased the level of concern of its users. These concerns included:
- Feelings of inadequacy about life or appearance
- Using social media as a distraction from mental health concerns
- Increasing the feeling of inadequacy and missing out
While science is still out on social media and stress, it is important to understand how social media impacts you. Here at Life Resolutions, we aim to ensure that all Australians have the skills to live a happy life. If you find social media having a negative impact on your stress levels or your mental wellbeing in general, you should consider limiting your social media usage.
Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists provide stress management services in addition to a range of mental health services. Jodie Brenton continues the pursuit to ensure all Australians can access mental health services to improve their stress levels and mental wellbeing.