Social Media and Depression
The key differences between the lives of today’s generation and those of earlier generations are that youngsters and adults nowadays spend only a little personal time with their family and loved ones. They’re likely to spend more time online.
Experts say that connections people make online are comparatively less strong in terms of emotions. This can lead to emotionally broken and even depressed individuals.
Almost Zero Physical Activity
When they keep themselves busy online, children miss out on real life achievements. This can be another source of depression. What’s more, they don’t give themselves the joy of physical activities such as playing games or learning new skills and implementing them practically.
The virtual reality of social media fascinates children and youngsters. However, their fascination can lead to disrupted concentration. As a matter of fact, some children even interact with their friends on these social channels while they are supposed to be studying.
These children take pride in their ability to multitask. However, some experts believe that multitasking markedly reduces a person’s ability to learn. They believe it has a negative effect, as well, on a student’s overall performance. As a result of trying to do too many things at once, children fail to achieve good marks. They make themselves, their parents, and their teachers unhappy.
There are certain indirect ways in which social media affects an individual’s mood. For example, it causes sleep deprivation in teenagers when it is used excessively.
The following are some steps parents can take for setting healthy boundaries with social media:
Make sure your children socialize and participate in real life activities that build self-confidence.
Encourage your children to set their smartphone and other gadgets aside while they’re studying.
Interact with your children and ask them about their friends.
Learn from your child about the activities in the real world that your child might enjoy during free time.
Encourage your children to be honest with themselves regarding their use of social media.
Help children to avoid activities online and off that would negatively affect them.
Discourage the use of smartphones and other devices for an hour before going to bed.
Use an alarm clock to wake up at a fixed time every day, not a smartphone.