Facebook is one of the many social media accounts we use. All of them have one thing in common, negativity. We see various people, their lives, their relationships, and compare with ours. Life has given us enough reasons to be troubled, but comparing lives with our peers only brings out one thing, depression.
A recent study of UK’s Lancaster University has claimed that out of 35,000 participants of 14 categories, of age groups between 18-88 years, signs of depression has been received due to relationships borne in social media. The reasons for depression are related to peer pressure, age and gender.
In most cases where the user is suffering from depression, he or she is actually comparing himself or herself leading to ‘rumination’ or over thinking.
Frequent status updates in Facebook has also led to believe that the user is actually having signs of mental issues. No matter how far we can go, there are always someone or something to pull us back and bring us down. While using social media, we are choosing to bring ourselves down by browsing through each and every post of our peers and ‘friends’.
Chances of depression are high when you accept your former partner or former best friend’s requests, and become their virtual friend. Any update from their profile are linked to our attention and how we perceive them.
So its time to walk out of the bedroom and grab a cup of coffee at the nearest café and get yourself a warm hug with your favourite movie or a book. Once you’re not busy scrolling through others lives, you’ll see how much you’ve achieved.