How social media causes depression

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How social media creates depression 

In the 80s and 90s televisions were on an average of 7 hrs per day.  Now the big focus of entertainment and our leisure time is social media.  Some studies say that we spend an average of 11 hours a day on social media.  We carry phones with us at all times, using the bathroom, at the gym between workouts, at work when we are supposed to be working, in bed and even when driving.  Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc are all part of our lives all day long and they are a view of everyone else’s lives and how everyone portrays their lives to be.  Everyone tries to embellish their lives through nice purchases, trips they go on.  People choose the best pictures of themselves and their environment.  They want to be liked, people don’t know this about themselves.  We get bursts of pleasure when our pictures get likes, we get even more bursts of pleasure when our pictures are commented on with good comments.  When you do something all day long it becomes you and part of your personality.  Our minds get adapted to it, just like people who can’t live without coffee in the morning or ice in every drink, it becomes a standard base.  In the same way, postings and pictures we put on Facebook, we expect to get the high off likes each day and so we are addicts.  We come each day for more.  Any dependence creates slavery, addiction is slavery and dependence causes a person to be weak mentally.  The stronger the addiction, the weaker we become.  We become mentally fragile.   Anyone who has ever done drugs can attest to the fact that depression is part of it.  Dependence causes depression because we become a slave to our own mind, we are controlled and we feel the stab of sadness when we don’t get the exact dose each day or bad comments come in.  Bad comments don’t supply our fix and depression and sadness sets in because we are always battling with our self worth.  A lot of people are sad but they dont know why or how.  Our self worth is being tied to how much people like our posts on social media and the interactions we get, it’s a dangerous game.  

Nina, TIME Magazine
Nina, TIME Magazine

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