Have you ever heard of social media depression? No? Me neither. Coming across this topic captured my interest and stroked my curiosity. What the hell is it?
First, let’s define what depression is at its’ core. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
These are some of the signs of depression and how to spot them:
- Feeling sad
- Loss of interest
- Change in appetite
- Loss of energy
- Feeling worthless
- Difficulty in focus and thinking
So what is social media depression?
Social Media depression is a type of depression that is the caused by the use of social media. This type of depression generates anxiety, jealousy, stress, pressure, dislike, and loneliness. How do you know if you’re suffering from social media depression?
There is something called Social Media OCD where you feel like you have to constantly check your Facebook, Twitter, etc for updates and notifications. This can lead to anxiety which can result in social media depression.
A common social media depression symptom is following old relationships and always checking up on them. This is a romantic drama that can lead to obsession and jealousy.
Through social media, you can find yourself being on it TOO much. Before you know it you can find yourself suffering from these symptoms. Social media is inevitable and we can avoid using it it’s part of our daily life. What you can do it combat it. Like traditional depression, it is treatable. Find ways to limit social media use. The more you check the more you dig deeper into drama and anxiety.