Social Media Depression: Causes, Effects, and Cures

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Social Media Depression discusses the communication trends unique to social media and the effects those trends could be having upon people. Social media use creates a new set of behaviour patterns, unspoken rules, and expectations that both you and others must measure up to. The first issue discussed in Social Media Depression is social comparison. We feel good when we’re doing as well as, or better than, others. We feel bad when we aren’t. Social media provides a constant stream of other people’s accomplishments to compare ourselves to. We take others’ posts at face value, but they are highly embellished. People take pictures from the perfect angle and exaggerate when writing descriptions. People want to look good to others. Their exaggerations skew our comparisons. We use social media to kill time while we’re bored. As a result, we automatically compare our most boring moments to the exaggerated best moments posted by other people. The result: Our lives look boring in comparison and depression can set in. Exaggerated social comparison is the first of many issues discussed in Social Media Depression. The book doesn’t discourage social media use. Instead, it teaches social media users how to avoid any negative effects.

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