There are no boundaries in social media.
Social media provides countless ways to engage the human brain. It also serves as a platform for humans to react to all forms of news, entertainment, debates, political ideology, educational material, and even scandals and illegal activities. Social media was originally supposed to be a way to connect with family and friends, a "get-away" for some people due to boredom, a source of entertainment or news.
So how do we teach the future generation(s) to properly "use" social media for the better? Especially when social media is now linked to depression and other mental health problems.
Understanding how social media can impact mental health is one thing, but using that knowledge to help people is another.
I encourage you to strive to make positive interactions online, not negative ones.
In social media terms:
Social Interactions - The social interaction Key Performance Indicators (KPI) measures the effectiveness of your social media campaigns at fostering positive engagement.
Interaction - A communication between an audience member and your social profile.
The book, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions a #1 audible bestseller, Amazon best science book of the year and MIT Technology Review best book of the year (and was also recommend to me as an excellent mind-stimulating read by Vance Crowe) takes computer algorithms and applies it to our everyday lives and situations.
A natural human instinct we have is to compare ourselves to others. What we see and follow online, we soon idolize and desire to become or want. Without trying, we keep these thoughts in the back of our minds and carry them with us all day. When social media users of any age begin comparing themselves to photos of others and the illusion of someone’s better life, it often leads to decreased self-esteem and depression.
The Millennial generation (born between the early 1980s and 1990s) is one of the first generations to have experienced social media in their young adult lives, but it didn't become an everyday use until after their social skills were developed. This means Millennials are the youngest generation to know what life was like before the Internet.
Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010) is the first generation to grow up being fully exposed to technology. They played with an iPad at the age of three before their social skills were fully developed and the technology industry will only continue to grow for the rest of their lives.
People who understand emotional cues in social settings develop superior social skills and have more positive relationships. When children use digital communication extensively, it decreases that much-needed face-to-face experience for them to develop and master important social skills.
In-person social skills need to be conquered first, before children can understand the concept of not needing to compare their life to another Instagram account.
Social media is alive and well and it's not going away. Instead of creating more statistics, maybe we should start helping youth develop social skills and educate them on how to use these social platforms for the better.
Comparison should no longer interfere with expectations. We should not allow social media have an impact on anyone's mental health.