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Afshan Iqbal
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Social media has emerged as one of the most impactful platforms to engage or raise our opinions. So why are we getting affected by social media? Why is social media affecting our mental health? Because it capitalizes on users’ biological drive for social belonging—and nudges them to keep on scrolling. It affects us by distracting us from reality, disrupting our sleep, and exposing us to things like bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives, and peer pressure. Social media has made people believe that their life is ordinary and it has made people seek validation and attention more than before. A lack of ‘likes’ on a status update may cause negative self-reflection on a person and it may lead to mental health problems. Social media can also increase anxiety by encouraging users to compare their lives with others. The popular concept of Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) refers to a perception that others might be having experiences that you are missing out which results in jealousy and anxiety of not being able to do what others are doing. People have less life satisfaction because of social media. They question their way of living every time and also there is a constant urge to be perfect which is a myth because nobody can be perfect. Social media has made people delusional and irrelevant. The need to be better than others is taking a toll on everyone’s mental health. The evidence suggests that social media use is strongly associated with anxiety, loneliness, and depression and thus we should try to decrease our social media time or “detox” from social media which can help us focus on our mental health.