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What’s Happening? – The Downside of Social Media 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Vincent chapter.

Almost everyone has at least one social media account, rather it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever. The most common use of social media is to keep in touch with friends and relatives and it ends up being a big part of young people’s lives. While social media is good for keeping in contact with people, it might also be bad for one thing in particular – your mental health. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, I have an account on every platform that was previously listed, but sometimes what I see on it can be upsetting. While people automatically think of Cyber Bulluing, there is also another potential passive way that the popularity on social media can be a negative effect on one’s self-esteem. Just seeing how happy everyone else “is” on social media can be discouraging to those who do not feel the same way. “Why aren’t I as happy as everyone else?” When you feel this way, you have to realize that people only put on social media what they want them to see. Just because you do not see their struggles broadcasted on their Snapchat story does not mean that they don’t have any. Nobody’s life is perfect even if their social media accounts are. 

I wanted to write this for myself and anybody else who feels discouraged when they view social media and wonder why they can’t be as happy as everyone else. What is on your social media account does not define you. The amount of likes you get does not determine your self-worth. Live your life, be happy, and try not to worry about what everyone else “seems” to be doing. Remember, you can help build people on social media, too! Let your friends know they are beautiful in every way, shape, and form! As the golden rule says, treat others the way you want to be treated.

Have hope – You are needed in this world. 

Please seek out help if you need it. You are not alone. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline