Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health? | Bailey Parnell | TEDxRyersonU

Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems?


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  1. Here from the future: We still need to learn how to use social life to improve us vs. being ruled by it. I personally use Social Media now more to get professional advices quicker and actually improve my social interaction in real life! Yes, done right you can use to it to boost it instead of subsitute it with Social Media.

  2. Social media has taken over the world in the past few decades, as well as created a completely new worry for people and how it can impact their mental health. I personally have been impacted by social media myself, and have a partner who has no social media at all. When I have taken breaks from social media as well as my partner, our anxieties and stressors greatly decreased. It is incredible how much something that is not actually tangible can greatly impact your health. Although I do believe that there are many benefits of social media (e.g. bringing families that live across the world together), it has caused more harm then good in a lot of ways. One way that social media can cause mental health issues for patients is the potential spread of misinformation that can cause increased anxiety and panic without any resolution or answers. This can also cause mistrust in professionals and the health care workers that are more informed in their fields. Social media can also impact people physically. With the advent of having phones at our fingertips, social media is encouraging sedentary behaviors as well as disrupting sleep. This can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and fatigue. How can we as health care professionals try and prevent our patients from spending too much time on social media when it is so easily accessible? We need to try and mitigate these risks as much as possible, because it is inevitable that social media is going to continue to potentially cause problems with our patients. There needs to be a healthier balance of being on social media as well as trying to enjoy life outside of it.

  3. I recently deleted my social media apps without deactivating the profiles though. Honestly, I am much happier now and have a bunch of time to enjoy real things. The first thing I noticed publicly was that when I got on the bus everyone, literally everyone was dug into their phones. It was relieving to see how I started getting rid of it. Good luck!

  4. In my opinion I have found unchecked social media leads to a lot of misunderstanding. And this is especially true if one is angry. I thnk the last two years of 'lock downs' could have been avoided if we just used masks. I remember a few co-workers using masks back when SARS happened. The only people who should have been isolated should have been the elderly and the immunocompromised. We could have masked our way through the last two years without letting our paranoia destroy our economy

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