Social media usage can create a great impact on human health. Social media impact on mental health is a hot topic in our day to day life. It can lead to low quality sleep, depression, anxiety and harm your mental health. From teens to adults, everyone starts and ends their day with smartphones. 

This virtual companion alerts them regarding every piece of information in this world. But, none of them is aware of how social media affects mental health. Keep reading to know about the negative effects of social media. 

How Social Media Affects Mental Health

Social media anxiety is observed in people who spend more time on social media. According to the survey, on average every teenager spends about 9 hours on social media. This shows that social media can create a great impact on its users. 

Regular and high quality sleep is necessary for every human being to lead a healthy life. The higher use of social media increases the feeling of loneliness rather than decreases it. Along with that social media also creates unnecessary cyber-bullying and distance between families and friends, loneliness, frustration, sadness and dissatisfaction.

Social Media Platform  Between 13-17-years-old 

(In Percentage)

Between 18 – 24-years-old

(In Percentage)

Facebook  51 80
Instagram  72 71
Twitter  32 45
Snapchat  69 78
Youtube  85 94


Along with the drawbacks, social media has also served as a platform for people who couldn’t voice out. It also helped people from long distances to stay in touch. Social media and depression have always been unsolved riddles. Sometimes people with depression benefit from social media and on the other hand, it also triggers depressed people. Social media can be both boon or bane. It all depends on the duration of your usage.