In recent years we have lived in the age of social media. The screen of a mobile phone has evolved into a unique way of communication, while the anxiety about the number of likes and approval via social media is increasing for the majority of the population.
Researchers at the University of Bath, led by Dr Jeff Lambert of the Department of Health, studied 154 people aged 18 to 72 who were daily users of social media.
Social media and mental health
Participants were randomly divided into two groups. One continued normal social media use (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok) daily, while the second stopped for one week. Subjects’ mental health was assessed both at the beginning and at the end of the study.
It was found that one week of abstinence from social media was enough to improve the general sense of mental well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
6 Tips to get you started… on the road to social media networks
If you feel like you are addicted to social media, know that it’s never too late to start the process of reducing your social media use.
So, let’s see what the first steps are you can take in order to manage to limit your social media use:
- Turn off all notifications, except those sent to you by your friends.
- Don’t take your cell phone with you to bed at night.
- Turn off wi-fi when you are at home and resting.
- When you go out with your friends, leave the mobile phone in the bag and do not use it unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Remove social media apps from your home screen
- Don’t constantly upload your personal moments.
* This article was written by Dimitris Kontarakis, Digital Strategist and owner of eSteps and was published in the online edition of the newspaper Eleutheros Typos on Monday 28/11/2022