Aid for so­cial me­dia junkies

The Asian Age - - Science + Health -

Wash­ing­ton: Hu­mans are so­cial crea­tures, and sci­ence tells us that so­cial me­dia can have some ben­e­fits for our men­tal health. But that sen­sa­tion in the pit of your stom­ach when you see your friend post a pic­ture of them­selves wit- h Bey­once from your front row seat, alone on the couch, tells you there’s some­thing in­sid­i­ous abo- ut In­sta­gram.

Re­cent stud­ies sug­gest that so­cial me­dia use is not de­press­ing — un­less it trig­gers envy, and ther­a­pists Dr Su­san Krausse-Whit­bourne and James Robin­son sus­pect that pho­tos posted by peo­ple with cooler ( look­ing) lives with than you are the prime medium for envy, the Dai­ly­mail re­ports.

And if that’s the case, then In­sta­gram is Face­book on steroids, a plat­form of mass com­par­i­son. But it doesn’t have to be that way, Dr Krausse- Whit­bourne and Robin­son as­sured the Daily Mail On­line. Tak­ing a few pages from the cog­ni­tive be­hav­ioral ther­apy book, and a few breaks from your feed will help com­bat your crush­ing In­sta- envy. The reign of so­cial me­dia is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down, and nei­ther is the rise in men­tal he- alth is­sues in the US and around the world. Some have flat- out blamed plat­forms like Twit­ter, Snapchat, Face­book and In­sta­gram for sin­gle­hand­edly ‘ ru­in­ing’ a gen­er­a­tion.

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