We’ve all known it for a while, but Facebook has finally confessed that its site can have negative impacts on people’s mental health. Studies have shown that heavy “passive” Facebook use is linked to depression and poor mental health. But don’t feel like you have to give up your favorite social media app yet though. While passive usage is an issue, Facebook has also outlined some habits that won’t be harmful to your mental health.
Facebook has been clear that passive usage of its site is cause for blame. What this means is that logging in and simply “reading” what’s on the site is a problem. However, engaging with posts and friends by sending messages and commenting can actually boost psychological well-being. It’s also no enough to send out one-sided status updates. One-on-one engagement with another person on the network is what’s beneficial. So stop scrolling and start commenting!
Try giving up Facebook for a brief period of time, like a week. This has been proven to give people a psychological boost, just by checking out for a short while. Whenever Facebook starts to feel overwhelming, just like you would in any other situation, take a moment and step back.
I think most people already knew this, but stalking your ex on Facebook doesn’t do you any good. Studies found that those people that “stalk” friends, exes, and family are the most at risk for depression. If someone is no longer in your life it’s that way for a reason. Keep the past in the past and stop stalking!
Want better mental health? Try posting something positive! Data shows that happiness and positivity spread quickly on Facebook. It also gets more engagements from family and friends. So stop posting all the negative parts of life and start sharing the happy ones.
Many people turn to Facebook to announce their achievements to the world. But this habit can have detrimental effects. It can actually harm real-life relationships, as most people have strong feelings about online “humblebrags”. People want to be happy for you, but there’s a difference between being excited and being boastful.
Psychiatrists have long since been worried about the effects social media has on mental health. Now that research and Facebook has confirmed the suspicions, it’s about educating people how to use these sites in the healthiest way possible. Keep things positive, humble, and don’t be afraid to take a break whenever you need it. If you want to learn more healthy mental health tips or want to set up an appointment with one of our great psychiatrists feel free to contact us.