If we were to measure how the world has changed in the last 15 years, inevitably the rise of social media would come up as a game changer. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and…everything else, millions of people across the globe interact on the World Wide Web everyday.
Social media has lots of positives—we’re more informed than ever before, we can keep in contact with loved ones who live far away from us, and we can access information in milliseconds. But for all its perks, we also know social media can negatively impact our lives.
Online bullying, trolls, and the misuse of information are just some of the dangers that come to mind, but another that we are becoming more aware of is the affect is has on our mental health.
This infographic by Digital Information World explores how social media has impacted our behaviour, and how it has become an even more accurate measure of our mental health than our loved ones. While it comes from 2015 and the statistics have altered since this point, it bears a reminder that simply liking something is about lot more than just pixels on the screen.
From addiction to the internet, to the rise of cyber bullying, this infographic seems all the more relevant in 2019, where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to have civil conversations with the people in our community—let alone online.
Take a look and ask yourself—how is my social media use affecting my life? If you sense it negatively affecting your emotions or relationships, consider how you can change your habits. Maybe limiting your time online is the key, quitting a platform, or blocking some particularly toxic profiles will help?
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