Blog 6: Does social media effect your stress levels?

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The number of people using social media usage has grown 13% in the past 12 months, with the average daily usage being 2.5hrs. This leaves us to question, does social media impact your stress levels?

Our Director Jodie Brenton and head psychologist Mary Magalotti continually educate themselves and the Life Resolutions psychologists on new trends relating to mental health.

Social media and stress

Many studies have been conducted on the topic of social media’s impact on mental health, however, the results tend to vary. This study found that frequent use of social media has no impact on stress in men. However, for women, a small link was found where social media can relieve and cause stress. Depending on the type of social media, and the frequency of use.

However, while a similar study could not reveal a clear link between social media use and stress, it uncovered some commonly reported concerns from participants. These concerns included:

  • Feelings of inadequacy about life or appearance
  • Cyberbullying
  • Using social media as a distraction from mental health concerns
  • Increasing the feeling of missing out

While no hard evidence has been found to suggest that social media increases stress, it is important to understand social media’s impact on you. Here at Life Resolutions, we aim to ensure that all Australians have the skills to live a happy life. If you find social media having a negative impact on your stress levels or your mental wellbeing in general, you should consider limiting your social media usage.

Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists provide stress management services in addition to a range of mental health services. Jodie Brenton continues the pursuit to ensure all Australians can access mental health services to improve their stress levels and mental wellbeing.

To learn more about topics of mental health, check out our blog. You can learn more about our services and how to book via our website or enquiring over the phone.