Aid for social media junkies
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.