Social Media And Mental Health: The Truth Behind The Screen

Social Media And Mental Health: The Truth Behind The Screen

Martta Rajamaki, Journalist

We all know the big impact social media can have on people. Some gain fame and fans while others gain hate and insults. It was made to be a safe place where anyone can share anything but over time, became the biggest concern and cause for mental health issues. In fact, by 2015, more than 92% of young adults and children owned a smartphone.


So what role does social media play in mental health? Social media is filled with criticism and hate and everyone from celebrities to everyday people. Some take it better than others. And the criticism can be overwhelming to some. Whether it’s on your body, sexuality, or any other part of your life that people just don’t like. And those comments can escalate you to a point where every detail of what you eat, say, and do is changed so it fits other people’s personal agendas, not your own.

Humans are also very attracted to insurance from other people. The more people that give us praise, the more whole we fill, but soon that insurance starts being a priority.“As a species we are very highly attuned to reading social cues,” says Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist. The more we take praise and compliments, the more likely we are to start comparing ourselves to what we should look like when the reality is, we are perfect the way we are.


Social media has played a huge part in the LGBTQ+ community’s discrimination as well. While most people support and encourage members of the community, social media makes it easy for people to insult and offend the community anonymously. And this can take a toll on young members of the community especially as they can’t quite understand why. Also because people of young age are more vulnerable to mental health due to hate online. And 40% of children and adults who use social media get cyberbullied online.


Social media plays a huge role in the criticism and discrimination of the black community and other opressed communities as well. While there are multiple ways on social media on how you can show your support and dedication to other minority groups and oppressed groups such as the black community and the neuro-divergent community, multiple people still find ways to shoot their own wave of hatred towards some people. And the majority of the hateful people are either uneducated minors or adults who have been influenced by another celebrity or public figure.


13% of teens ages 12-17 report having experienced depression because of the use of social media. And 32% report having anxiety. Most of these mental disorders develop because of negative human interactions or negative things that happen online. And the amount of screen time can also affect someone and how they act.