Social Media And Teen Mental Health


Owning a smartphone once a child strikes 13 years of age or even lower than that has become a custom in most households. It seems what all teens do nowadays is being glued on phones. It may seem to keep them busy but comes with lots of consequences. The urge to keep up to date with everything going on is what drives most of the teens into this act. The onset of several social media like facebook, instagram, twitter, whatsapp, snap chat and many more is what motivates them even more. Some would rather cut their sleep and be online all night long.

A lot of psychologists have termed this behavior as life threatening as it locks the teenager away from the outside world full of vigor. Instead, they lock themselves in their rooms busy scrolling on their phones and have even created a bridge between their parents and themselves. Social media and teen mental health is a core issue that needs to be resolved as early as now before it eats them up completely. Their mental development has been tampered with through the following ways;

Self esteem

We all want to share our photos to other friends and get positive comments commending them of exquisite beauty and perfection. What happens when one posts a comment saying that you are not worth it and even have more flaws than you think? What makes it worse is when all gang up on you. It is so downgrading and depressing, right? At that juncture, your self esteem goes down the drain and feels hated. This is the main reason why most resort to plastic surgery.

Drugs and alcohol

It has been statistically proven that most alcoholics bred the vice from social media. Some would see their fellow online friends posting pictures while under the influence of drugs and they seem cooler and everyone seems to applaud them. Why not try it out? Also, social media is a platform where everyone seems to be updated on what’s going down tonight in a certain wild club. We all know what drugs do to our mental health.pexels-photo-174936


One can’t just settle on winding up a particular task before turning on another. Most teenagers would rather operate both at once which is unhealthy. Through this, concentration wears off and your productivity will always be worrying. You will even be angry at yourself for not accomplishing it yet it was not that complicated. You will find some deteriorating in their studies yet they were once ahead of their tutor in class.

Peer pressure

Most of the teenagers fear being ridiculed by their fellow friends for lagging behind in updates and other entertaining activities like attending events. Some strive hard enough to confirm whether Jay Z and Beyonce have finally broken up so as to contribute in tomorrow’s conversation.

Breeds envy

Stalking has always been a favorite on instagram. We all see others leading those lives that we wish to have; hot boyfriends and girlfriends and also glamour which have motivated us to dig more into their lives and focusing on their every move forgetting that you also have a life to live. You feel a looser and grow hating those who have everything as you continue mourning your misfortunes.

What the teens fail to realize is; that only exists on camera and not in real life. Some effects have been added to captivate the eyes of many since they are only meant to market them and get people admiring them. We should all strive to keep ourselves with the active things that leave us feeling good at the end of the day and not clinging on passive ones that will leave us feeling sorry for ourselves.