Social media has become a part of our daily lives. Humans, especially the teens and youth, use their smartphones for a fair amount of time browsing through social media. There is no doubt that it is a very good source of valuable information, and it helps people stay connected with the world.
However, it is still a two-edged sword, and while it has positives, it also has a few negatives. Too much time on it literally affects the brain. The content that you consume on the internet has an almost immediate effect on a person’s behavior and lifestyle. Think about how many times have you heard a phrase from your favorite content creator on the internet and used it in real life. Not only that, but 87% of the women compare their bodies to the heavily-edited images they see on social media. There are over 400 million edited posts related to travel, beauty, and fashion on social media.
Most of the teens of this generation are online almost constantly, while 85% of the millennials use social media. Another astonishing fact is that more than 90% of babies get their online profile made before their second birthday.
We all agree that our social media selves and who we are in real life aren’t exactly the same and what we post on social media doesn't reflect what is going on in our lives. The two personas that we assume takes a toll on our mental health. The line that separates our social media lives and who we are in real life is getting blurrier by the day. This can work positively for many people, but the negative effects are much more dangerous and spread faster.
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