Social Media Stress 101
Understanding Social Media Stress
The desire to connect and belong is natural, powerful, and positive. But with social media, anonymity, easy accessibility, and chances for connection can attract people who suffer from loneliness and anxiety, and who are prone to negative social comparison. People who expect social media to meet their core human needs for connection or who want to feel better about themselves, risk feeling even more lonely or self-critical than they started out.
Coping with Social Media Stress
Healthy social media use differs for everyone depending on your circumstances. You may depend on social media to maintain professional connections for your job or to connect with peers for a school project. However, spending less time on social media can decrease the chances of feeling lonelier or experiencing a comparison spiral. Plus, by reducing time spent online, you free up time for activities that are good for your mind and body.