Why social media can leave you feeling blue
WHILE social media platforms might have been created for positive reasons such as staying in touch with loved ones, several users have insisted that these instead leave them feeling down.
A large reason is that people become overwhelmed with jealousy after going through their friends’ posts on sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
This is according to a study by the Kaspersky Lab, a global cyber security company, which interviewed 16 750 people around the world.
A total of 42% of participants admitted feeling jealous when friends get more likes than them, said Evgeny Chereshnev, head of social media at Kaspersky Lab.
She added that the research also showed that people become engulfed by the green-eyed monster when they see their friends on social media sites living a seemingly happier life than them.
“Despite the desire to feel good from their interactions on social media, when people see their friends’ happy posts about holidays, hobbies and parties, they are often left with the bitter feeling that other people are enjoying life more than them,” she said.
According to the survey, 59% of participants felt glum when they saw their friends’ posts from a party they were not invited to, and 45% revealed that their friends’ happy holiday pictures have had a negative influence on them.
Furthermore, 37% said looking at past happy posts of their own can leave them with the feeling that their own past was better than their present life.
Chereshnev explained that social media users might log on to their favourite sites with good intentions but instead leave feeling bleak.
“Our relationship with social media has developed into a vicious cycle. We want to tell all our connections about the positive things we are doing – that makes us feel good. But everyone is doing the same thing, and it looks like they’re enjoying life more than us.”