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Top 8 Articles Proving Social Media Affects Our Mental Health

Overall, social media seems like a really great concept. We can keep up with our friends and family, share updates on our lives, and maybe even reconnect with some old friends. No big deal, right? Well, little do we know these platforms are secretly chipping away at our mental health. The following eight articles examine different data and studies regarding how we are letting social media negatively consume our lives and take away pieces our mental stability. 

#2 We Develop Unrealistic Comparisons

We put our best foot forward on the internet to make a good impression. Because of this, we've developed a line of thinking that everyone's life is better than ours because of the selective perception we chose to portray on social sites.

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#4 You Become a Narcissist…And Nobody Likes That

Studies have found that personality comes into play with social media use. This study in particular found that there is a positive correlation between addictive social media use and having a narcissistic personality

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#5 Staring at Your Computer Screen Makes You Miserable… Literally

This Ted Talk examines how draining staring at a screen is for us mentally. Also, what can we do about it? And how do we stop spending so much time on our tablets and smartphones?

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#6 Its About Quality Not Quantity

Does the amount of friends you have on social media actually represent how many friends you have in real life? Hardly. This study shows how social media may actually be decaying our friendships and creating unrealistic social expectations.

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#7 It Promotes Risky Behavior

Taking a risk is a good thing right? Wrong. Social media is creating an unrealistic view of relationships amongst today's teenagers. This study examines how more teens are encouraged to partake in risky behavior and attitudes thanks to social media.

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