The Connection Between Social Media and Social Anxiety

The world is vast. Interconnectivity and social media platforms mean that people are now more in touch with each other than ever before.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The world is vast. Interconnectivity and social media platforms mean that people are now more in touch with each other than ever before. This connectivity means that it’s easy to have friends all across the world and to be a part of a united future.

Good, right? Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as that. There’s a lot of different problems which come from social media, but is there a connection to social anxiety? A condition which can cause havoc in the lives of many may well have a link to the modern era, and we’re going to explore it here.

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Can Social Media Make Us Anxious?

Yes, it can. It’s also not a big stretch to see how. Social media is a place which is filled with superficial appearances.

Confused? Let me explain.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. While they’re fantastic devices for bridging gaps between people, they also have their share of weaknesses. They’re very much designed to be full of likes and shares – you are really encouraged to put your best foot forward. Normally, this isn’t an issue – we all make an effort for something that’s going to be shared around anyway.

However, eventually, this way of thinking about things can be wrong. You start to see the world exclusively in likes and shares. You worry that maybe you don’t look your best and that people will make a superficial judgement. It starts to take over life, and before you know it, you’re anxious about going out and doing anything. Not because there’s any real danger, but because you don’t want to have people judging you, or have your entire life compared to a social media platform. It can be very upsetting for a lot of people.

Social Anxiety – The Cost Of Social Media?

This does present a problem that many people might not have predicted. Does the rise of social media come at the cost of social anxiety? No, not necessarily. There are things that you can do to protect yourself. You need to remember that life is not just a collection of likes, shares and comments. You have to rise above the social media world and enjoy your day for what it is. Don’t be afraid. You’re an incredible person, both inside and out, and nothing anyone says can change that. 

Overall, the rise of social media has caused a surge in social anxiety and that is a shame. However, it does not need to be this way. Steady yourself, and temper your expectations of the world around you. While it is true that there are people who would judge others solely for their outward appearance, there are others who would judge someone for the content of their character. These are people who are worth your time, and you should surround yourself with them. Worry not how others might view you, instead focus on enjoying your life. Social media can be quite toxic after an extended period, so it is worth coming off it from time to time.

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