Did You Know 🤔 the Way You Use Social Media 📱 Can Hint 🤫 at Depression 😔?

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We read so many things about how social media affects us and it is so difficult to know what is true, what is relevant, and what is just scaremongering and hocus pocus. When you read about the negative impacts of social media on your life or other ways social media is bad for you, you have to be careful and consider if the “warning” is relevant to you and your situation.

It is always worth reading such a text but do it with an open mind and only be swayed by it if it truly is relevant to you. It is often too easy to read too much into “signs that you are” type articles but if they do ring true, it is a good starting point for you to assess what it really means about you. From there you can decide if you need to address the signs. As with this article which looks at ways you use social media can hint at depression.

These signs that your social media use might mean you have depression are a result of a study undertaken at Texas State University in which the habits of students who frequently used Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were analysed. The students were also asked questions about symptoms of any depressive disorder. The conclusion of the researchers is that if you have these social media habits you might be depressed;

1. FOMO

Social media is a main source of FOMO. You use social media to constantly compare yourself to other you feel are “better off” than yourself – better looking, more money, a more aspiration lifestyle etc

2. Addicted to Social Media

You are constantly looking for ways to cut down on social media use and/or your need to keep updated on your favorite apps is having a negative affect on your studies or your job.

3. Over-reactions

You feel bothered or even angry when you are tagged in an unflattering photo. You never post a selfie that you don’t consider perfect.

4. Solo Game

You rarely post pictures of yourself with other people. You tend to isolate yourself from others in real life and this is reflected in your photo feeds.

Of course, these signs in themselves do not mean you have depression but you should look for and recognize other signs that mean you should consult with a doctor. They are also good signs to look for if you think a friend or family member has depression.