To what degree is social media affecting our stress?

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August 14, 2022

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Nowadays, stress is on the agenda and new technologies do not usually help to reduce it. Considering this problem from a concrete perspective, the question arises as to whether social media causes this. It is evident that mobile media, in particular, can cause stress or anxiety, but it’s not only the actual characteristics of social media that cause it but also our built-in reactions, so the real question would be: how can we manage social media stress without feeling overwhelmed? In this article, Chroneering® helps you discover some ways to reduce the stress caused by social media.

Moderation is key

A bi-directional relationship has been established between social media use, linking stress  to sleep, gut health, nutrition, and other lifestyle areas. One study found that abstaining from social media caused participants to experience a decline in life satisfaction and increased feelings of loneliness. Researchers concluded that a moderate amount of social media use is healthy but that overuse of the medium is detrimental to overall health. Highly valuing the opinions of others can lead to reduced self-efficacy for individuals suffering from depression or anxiety. Users should also be aware of the role of moderators, who have a double role: ensure anonymity and maintain a sense of community while balancing their disciplinary and community roles.

Another study, which aimed to encourage users to participate in discussions and filter out content that they would otherwise find distressing, found that users positively perceived the role of moderators. Another finding was that users had no complaints about the moderators’ actions; however, there’s no guarantee that social media will eliminate stress, but there are ways to reduce its impact. Thus, as long as the user is cautious, moderation should not be a problem.

Fear of missing out

We found several reasons why social media may be the culprit. First, it can increase your fear of missing out as you may have too many friends or feel unworthy because of how others appear in the world. This can lead you to spend far too much time on social media. 

Secondly, it can make you feel insecure if you see yourself in others; posts or are criticized for your lack of participation. As long as social media is part of your life, it will continue to cause stress. So, in addition to being depressing, social media can trigger mood disorders and anxiety depending on their use. You may feel inferior when you constantly compare yourself to other people on social media. 

To combat this, you need to evaluate how much time you spend on social media, and limiting your usage to just 30 minutes a day can help you feel better. Limiting your time on social media sites can also improve your mood and concentration, so if you’re a social media addict, make a conscious effort to decrease your time on these sites.

Another way to reduce the stress caused by social media is to make it more productive.

For example, many people turn to social media to distract themselves from stressful situations, making them a helpful resource to vent emotional energy and solve problems that might otherwise have caused stress. This is especially true during the first appraisal process, when you are most likely evaluating the effectiveness of coping strategies. If you’re not using social media to reduce stress, it could be the perfect time to start!

Lack of gratification

It is essential to consider the possible consequences of overusing social media, as it can

impact our mental health. Our constant refreshment and need for instant gratification in social media may lead us to engage in repetitive behaviors, incurring excessive behavior and resulting in negative self-reflection. Whether these are intentional or unintentional behaviors, we should be aware of the consequences of excessive social media use.

We should also be clear that the relationship between social media and stress is unclear. According to another study, women report higher levels of stress than men. In addition, the study found that younger women and those living with a partner experienced lower stress levels than those who did not use technology, which shows that no correlation was found between internet use and women’s stress levels. So, despite the lack of data, this finding should serve as a reminder that technology does not necessarily increase happiness.

Feeling of inadequacy

A growing number of young people in the UK are starting to question whether life is worth

living, and the overwhelming pressure of social media is one of the most significant reasons. While many factors may cause these feelings, some may be more widespread than others. Here are some ways to prevent yourself from feeling inadequate on social media. First, take a break from it. 

One of the most significant risks to our mental health is feeling inadequate compared to others, which can lead to feelings of jealousy, depression and anxiety. Social media can also lead to the development of FOMO, which makes people feel anxious about comparing themselves to others. They can also increase feelings of loneliness and self-doubt.

Another way social media can lead to inadequacy is by making us feel less confident in our appearance and lowering our self-esteem. By creating an online profile that shows the lives of others, teenagers may become depressed. Inadequacy is an emotional response to comparison and peer pressure. As a result, it causes people to view themselves as less than worthy of the attention of others.


There are countless ways to deal with social media, and one effective technique for people struggling with social media anxiety and stress is to practice mindfulness. This simple technique helps you focus on your breath, visit natural places, and practice self-care. This will help you be present at the moment and will reduce the adverse effects of FOMO. Practicing mindfulness daily will also improve your mental health.

The Pew Research Center studied the effects of social media. In a survey of 1,800 people, they found that social media was a significant contributor to stress in women. The study also found that women were more likely to be stressed than men and that Twitter was a

significant stressor for many. While these results aren’t conclusive, it’s worth assessing how social media affects your life. Here are some tips for managing your social media addiction:

At this point it is undeniable that overuse of social media can negatively impact your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress and has been linked to depression, poor memory, and poor academic performance. Stress is usually triggered by significant changes or pressure, but too much social media use can negatively affect your life satisfaction and self-esteem. Furthermore, social media significantly contributes to depression, suicidal tendencies, and more.

Avoiding social media

One of the primary reasons for social media stress is that the devices are triggering approval anxiety in a world where everyone’s opinion matters. The recent study claiming that some of our daily interactions with these platforms may contribute to increased stress also found that women tend to be more stressed than men, and that Twitter was the most common cause of this increased stress. 

Accordingly, this study of 1,700 adults showed that people who spend a lot of time on social networks are three times more likely to be depressed than those who use them in moderation. These people may have a distorted view of others' lives, have been victims of cyberbullying, or feel that their time on social networks has been wasted. These individuals are also less likely to engage in positive interactions with those who use social networks frequently, which can lead to feelings of depression or anxiety.

Thus, social media users may feel that their appearance is a matter of public domain. This constant change can cause stress and anxiety, especially among teens. But fortunately, there are ways to deal with this stress that don't have to be disconnecting from social media altogether; instead, you can learn to manage and control your stress levels on this platform.