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Our obsession with social media obsession might be reaching its boiling point. A new study by disabled charity Scop...
Our obsession with social media obsession might be reaching its boiling point. A new study by disabled charity Scope reveals that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are making their users feel ugly, inadequate, and jealous.
Obsessively curating our social media image has proven to be detrimental to our overall mood and mental well-being. Sixty-two percent of a 1,500-strong sample said that using social media sites made them feel inadequate about their own life or achievements, and 60 per cent said it made them feel jealous of other people’s lives. About 30% of polled users also said that browsing their feeds makes them feel lonely.
As expected, those most likely to be addicted to social media were between the ages of 18 and 34 – three times more likely, to be exact, whereas two in five admitted to being happier if they used social media less.
“Social media at its best is a great way to stay in touch with friends, have a chuckle and learn new things – as well as being the world’s leading source of amusing cat pictures," said Debbie Bines, head of challenge events at Scope.
"But when things get out of balance and we start comparing ourselves to others, or feeling irritated, jealous or even ugly, it’s got to be time to take a break. We know that loads of people think that they spend too much time online, but feel too addicted to cut down."
The study is tied to the charity’s “Digital Detox” event, where self-proclaimed social media addicts pledge to go without Facebook, Twitter, or any other social site or technology for 48 hours. Participants claim they’re doing this because they feel social media is taking over their lives; if the data above is accurate, that very well may be true.