"Oh! Look how amazing this dish looks. Wait! Don't eat it yet! Let me click a picture for my Instagram."
"Ahh, I am so confused between these two dresses, both are stunning.I should do a poll on Instagram!"
Our world revolves around social media. Numbers have become our friends, while we communicate with our actual friends through the four frames of our smartphones. Social media has quickly replaced our personal bonds and connections with our close ones. As we are glued to our screens, scrolling through our Instagram feed, the more we scroll the unhappier we become.
She's got a perfect smile. Look at her vacationing abroad in an expensive resort. She's got a perfect smile. Ughh! Why can't I just have a perfect life like hers?
As thoughts swarm your mind and gobble you up from inside, like a parasite infesting your mind, your mental, emotional and physical health deteriorate. For a technology that has evolved over the years to connect the globe, it's funny isn't it, how we are so immersed in our virtual life that we forget to seize the beautiful moments life presents us with.
Especially as young adults and teenagers social media has a huge impact on our social lives, however we as social beings need constant human interaction to keep ourselves sane and happy. 1 in 10 youngsters struggle with intense depression. This accounts for around 20% of the youth.
However, with each passing day we seem to be drifting away from our reality, as we let social media envelope us in its folds. 62.5% of people agreed on social media having a negative impact on teens.
Depression, anxiety, fomo, isolation, lack of self confidence and self esteem, narcissistic behaviour, are some very common side effects that social media burdens us with. It leaves us overwhelmed and restless.
Mental Health is a very important part of our sanity and it is therefore, equally important for us to be aware of the risks that come with too much screen time.
So, love yourself. Love every inch of your body. Love every scar and every mark that the world has told you you should be ashamed of. Love your fat rolls or your skinny waist. The world's definition of perfect, doesn't make you any less perfect. Not conforming to the beauty standards that the world has laid down for you, doesn't take away your beauty. Believe in yourself and your magic.
Don't let the virtual world wedge a gap between you and your loved ones. An in-person conversation with our friends or family works like a charm and is the remedy for all your stress. Laugh with them, let the sound of the laughter ring in your ears and make you feel alive. Live in the moment and appreciate every second.
Approximately 36% of selfies are photoshopped to an extent.33% retouch their skin to make it look flawless. 16% also retouch alter the shape of their face. 15% alter the tone of their skin. 5% alter the shape and size of their lips and mouth region.
The investment of time and effort to alter the selfies are often done to attract attention. This is because selfies of a person’s face are known to garner 38% more likes. 32% more comments and photos edited using filters are 21% more viewed and to attract 45% more comments.
There is no age for mental health casualties. Very young children may also portray signs of mental health. Next time someone wants to talk about their mental health, please do not invalidate or belittle their thoughts and feelings. The world needs more kindness, compassion and empathy.
While social media is an integral part of our lives and we are continuously dependent on it for entertainment and self satisfaction, it's important to prioritize your sanity. Love yourself enough to admit that your mental health comes first. Love yourself enough to consciously make a decision to limit your screen time.
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