Yes, Digital Depression Is Real! Social Media Simplify Yes, Digital Depression Is Real! Social Media Simplify

09 July, 2017

Yes, Digital Depression Is Real!

Down in the dumps? After seeing all those ultra happy faces, super successful people around you on Facebook? Well, you might be a victim of Facebook depression. Good news is, you are not alone! The Facebook depression is just a part of the bigger pack known as Digital Depression and there are thousands of people around the globe suffering from this issue.
A recent study titled "Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study" argues that too much usage of Facebook can have negative impact on the well-being of the user so concerned. "Exposure to the carefully curated images from others' lives leads to negative self-comparison, and the sheer quantity of social media interaction may detract from more meaningful real-life experiences," says the report. And here's what CNBC reported about this study "Using Facebook actually makes you feel depressed..."

Whereas the face-to-face social interactions enhance human well-being, the too-much use of social media or the digital media platforms alone might cause the exact opposite. Many a times, being human, we go by our very nature of comparison and this ultimately leads either to a positive or a negative mindset depending upon the stimuli.

In this age of DSLR Cameras and iPhones flashing everywhere, people seem to be having a very good time on the social networking sites and on the OTTs like WhatsApp. Whether fake or real, everyone maintains or at-least tries to maintain a modest and dashing profile.

In the age of Facebook everywhere, we also have experienced a sharp rise of those experts and happy people around us who seem to be enjoying more than the life has to offer. Seeing their feeds & updates, most of the time we fall prey to the ill of our comparative nature and mark ourselves lower.

The same experience can be related to other platforms and the information available digitally. When the comparative and never settling mind of the human being don't accept the reality we are into, it strives for better options every single moment. And that craving for better than the best of everything can actually unrest the calm within us, ultimately resulting into a depressed version of us. And that particular point, my friend, is Digital Depression.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going."


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