Social media can have a positive impact on your mental health if you choose how best it can work for you. Being socially connected to others can ease stress, anxiety, and depression, boost self-worth, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness, and even add years to your life.
While many of us enjoy staying connected on social media, excessive use can fuel feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. So it's important to use it moderately and track your daily usage - many smart phones come with a tracking feature built-in. In today's world we can sometimes rely on social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram to find and connect with each other.
Virtual interaction on social media doesn't have the same psychological benefits as face-to-face contact, though there are still many positive ways in which it can help you stay connected and support your wellbeing.
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