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Everyone is on social media these days. The number is quite staggering among teenagers and young adults. For most of them, their life revolves around posts that they make on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. Many of them engage in activities simply in order to publish their actions online through the use of photos and videos! It’s as if they are living their life as a page straight out of a social media profile. This kind of lifestyle can have a very negative effect on the psyche of these young adults and teens.

Psychologists at Moner Alo often get harried calls from parents and guardians about their children suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem because of their involvement on social media. How does that work? These teenagers find beautiful pictures of vacations and dining-outs of their peers and classmates on social media pages. It is obvious that some of the students in a class will have well-heeled parents who can take them off to exotic vacations and to five-star hotels for dinner. When they post these pictures of an elegant lifestyle online, the not-so-well-off children feel deprived.

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How Social Media is Impacting Children?

There are several instances of such children coaxing and pushing their parents to spend more during vacations or when they eat out at restaurants. Their purpose is simple: they want to talk and share these experiences online! It’s as if the sharing of such photos and videos is more important to them than the feeling of actually experiencing them. The likes and shares on these pictures and videos keep their self-esteem boosted. In the absence of such attention, they feel low and depressed. They also feel bouts of anxiety about what people will think about their latest photos and posts.

There is no single way to get a teenager or young adult out of this virtual vortex. Psychological counselling in such cases is a must, before the concerned person takes any drastic step out of these feelings of anxiety and poor self-worth. A professional psychologist will instill a feeling of confidence in the teenager, assuring them that their worth cannot be measured through social media posts. It requires more than just random comments by faceless netizens to affect a person emotionally. Sustained therapy and time away from social networks will slowly begin to bring back the person’s sense of actually valuing life for what it is.


Social media is a part of our lives today. Everyone around owns a smartphone with apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter installed in them. A clear idea of the social media addiction around you is visible on your way to work or school. You will find almost everyone on a train or bus glued to their smartphones! They rarely look up from the screens to interact with their co-passengers. Many of them cannot let go of this constant need to remain connected and updated even when they are at work or studying in class.

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At times, the social media addiction gets to a scary level. The affected person cannot concentrate on work or studies. The tell-tale signs of social media addiction include inability to have any meaningful conversation with friends or family. Other signs like irritability, sudden bouts of anger, unrealistic expectations from life not just of one’s own but also from others around and the constant need to check smartphones for updates give away the conclusion that the concerned person needs psychological counselling.

According to counsellors and mind healers, social media gives a vent out for people who are frustrated with their real life. They make a clear distinction between their online persona and their offline self, with the former always painted in glorious hues of bravado. When their offline, real life is unable to provide enough excitement to make their online life look happening, they end up with very low self-esteem. Their confidence takes a beating, reducing them to a person who’s unsocial and unfriendly, even unemployable.

The job of psychological counselling in such cases is to instill the lost sense of confidence in the person. Along with the confidence, the person must realize that the online world is different from the offline sphere comprising of friends and family. The person needs to understand the value of actual conversations with a real person, as opposed to instant messaging and chatting. Getting rid of smartphones, or in the least, limiting their use to only a specified number of hours every day, will help a long way.

The biggest hurdle toward seeking the help of a psychiatrist is the denial of a person about the addiction. It is the job of people around them to nudge them towards seeking professional help. Psychological counselling helps to overcome the stress caused by social media and makes a person perform better at work and in life as a whole.

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