Everyone in this world knows that over the last few years, social media has become huge. Going on the Internet and visiting social media sites go hand-in-hand. When these sites, like Facebook and Myspace, first became popular, the majority of the users were young people. Now, anyone and everyone can be found on Facebook. Even my 85-year-old grandparents have a Facebook page, which means that it’s official: social media has taken over the world.
So obviously researchers are constantly doing studies on the effects social media has on us. I’ll be honest with you guys – most of these things are negative. You rarely see a study that says that going on social media is good for you… yet we all still do it, and we probably will for a very, very long time (if we ever stop at all). But, it’s good to know what’s happening, right? Here are 10 effects social media might have on you:
It Gives You A Bad AttitudeAccording to Source: ShutterStock
It Can Make You OvereatNot surprisingly, pictures of "food porn" can make you overeat. Researchers found that looking at pictures of delicious food can make you want that food so much that you eat it, even if you weren't hungry in the first place. That's because just looking at pictures of food can make you hungry (obviously). So, looking at food porn on social media can cause you to be hungry, and can make you overeat. Source: ShutterStock
Social Media Causes JealousyI think we all know that social media causes jealousy and major FOMO. You see your friends doing stuff without you, and you get jealous that you're not there or that you weren't invited. Even science backs it up - research has found that the biggest feeling people have when they're on social media is envy. FOMO - it's a real thing. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Make You Spend More MoneyThis isn't surprising, but the research is very interesting. People who are on Facebook a lot have a more difficult time making the right decisions when it comes to spending money and eating. Researchers found that being on Facebook for just a few minutes can cause people to lose control over their spending and eating habits. Source: ShutterStock
Social Media Gives You AnxietyIt's not using social media that gives you anxiety - it's not being able to use social media. Research has found that people feel anxious when they can't go on social media or turn on their phones or computers. I didn't need a study to tell me this - being disconnected from the Internet makes me feel very uncomfortable, like I'm missing out on something important, and I know I'm not alone. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Make You InsecureStudies have shown many, many times that social media makes people feel insecure. Not only does it leave us feeling jealous and annoyed, but it can leave us feeling like our lives aren't good enough, or like we're not good enough. That's because social media sites allow us to compare ourselves to others way too much, and doing that so often leads to us feeling inadequate. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Can Make You Look At Friendship and Intimacy DifferentlyThese studies are pretty interesting: researchers have found that going on Facebook changes the way we look at friendship and intimacy. Most teens have more friends on social media than they do in real life - and they tend to feel more supported by those groups of people they don't even interact with. Also, social media has changed the way we all look at privacy, obviously. Everyone shares everything and feels comfortable with it. Social media has also made us feel like it's okay to talk to friends and partners online, rather than in person. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Make You More Open To Peer PressureResearch has found that going on social media sites means it's more likely we'll give into peer pressure. This makes a lot of sense: we see a lot of people "liking" something, and we like it too. We see a lot of people doing one thing, and we want to try it too to get in on the fun. Source: ShutterStock
Facebook Can Give You A Better Connection With Your ParentsThe only good thing on this list is that social media might give you a better relationship with your parents. One study found that parents and kids who interact on social media networks get along better in real life. This is probably because parents learn more about their kids on the Internet then they do in real life, and so everyone feels more connected and informed. Source: ShutterStock
It Can Make You (Seem) SmarterAt first glance, this study seems positive: social media makes you seem smarter! But then you realize that what researchers really found is that social media makes you appear smarter, but it's not actually true because you're not really learning - you're just reading information and remembering it. In other words, we don't learn how to do things - we are just copying other people. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these studies surprised you the most? Which do you disagree with? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!