Many young people embrace social media as a way to connect with friends, expand their horizons or simply pass the time.
Social media can be a useful tool, but it can also contribute to mental health problems and poor self-esteem. For young people struggling with body image, reducing social media use can have many benefits.
Avoid harmful images
Social media posts and advertisements often present unrealistic standards of beauty and fitness. While social media platforms may allow users to filter out certain accounts or topics, it is often impossible to avoid these images completely. Taking a social media break can offer immediate relief from a steady stream of harmful messages.
Teens on social media are vulnerable to strangers who might bully, harass or intimidate them. Cyberbullying can be difficult to address. It is usually anonymous, and bullies can create multiple accounts to circumvent blocking and bans.
Over time, bullying can create or exacerbate poor body image, depression and suicidal thoughts. Teenagers can benefit from leaving social media behind and focusing on healthy real-life relationships.
Improve mental wellness
Spending more time offline can improve physical and mental health. Numerous studies have shown that reducing social media use may help young people sleep better and reduce stress and anxiety. Spending time with family and close friends can help young people feel more secure and confident.
When teenagers spend too much time on social media, it can have a serious impact on their mental health. Investing time and energy in offline activities and relationships can help teens thrive.