The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

BY: Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee (MBBS; MD; MIPS; MIAPP)


The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

In the digital age, social media platforms and networks have become an integral part of our daily lives. From staying connected with friends to networking professionally, social media has made a lasting impact on our real life. What is the impact of social media on our mental health and disorders? In this post, we’ll explore the potential positive and negative effects of social media use, as well as offer tips for healthily managing your social media use.

What is Social Media?

Before we can talk about the impacts of social networks, social media platforms, and social networking sites on mental health conditions and disorders, it’s important to define what exactly constitutes “social media”. Generally speaking, it encompasses any online platform that allows users to interact with one another (examples include Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter). It can also refer to websites that allow for the sharing of content such as videos (YouTube), blogs (WordPress), or images (Flickr) by social media users.

Positive Impacts

Surprisingly enough, there are some positive mental health benefits associated with using social networks. For starters, it can help people stay connected and build relationships with others who have similar interests or experiences. This not only helps foster a sense of community but also boosts self-esteem since users can share their successes and get feedback from friends and family. Additionally, many platforms offer support groups for those dealing with specific mental health issues—this gives users access to helpful resources and understanding peers who can provide valuable advice and support throughout difficult times.

Negative Impacts

At the same time, there are also some potential negative mental health effects associated with using social media platforms. One major issue is cyberbullying—the act of using digital means such as text messages or posts to harass or intimidate someone else online. Cyberbullying can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression due to the hurtful comments or criticism directed towards the victim. Additionally, excessive use of social media can lead to feelings of loneliness since many platforms promote comparisons between users through metrics such as likes or followers; this can make people feel inadequate if they don’t measure up against others who seem more successful or popular than them. Finally, too much time spent scrolling through feeds or engaging in other activities online may interfere with sleep patterns which could lead to fatigue and difficulty concentrating during waking hours.

How To Manage Social Media Use

One way to manage your social media use is by limiting your time spent on these platforms each day—for example, setting a timer when you start browsing so you know when it’s time to log off for good. It’s also important to create a healthy balance between real-world interactions instead of relying solely on digital friendships; this could mean meeting up with friends in person rather than just chatting online now and then. Finally, if you find yourself engaging in unhealthy behaviour online such as cyberbullying or trolling other users then it might be beneficial to step away from these platforms altogether until you feel ready to come back without doing any harm.

Social media has become an essential part of our lives but it does come with both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to our mental health. On one hand, it allows us access to valuable resources like support groups and opportunities for networking; however excessive use can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression due to cyberbullying or making comparisons between ourselves and others online that may not be realistic expectations.

Social media can be a great way to connect with family and friends, but it can also have a negative impact on mental health. The use of social media can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as addiction. To manage social media use effectively, it is important to set boundaries and limits. Balance your time on social media with other activities, such as exercising or spending time with family and friends. Have conversations with your friends and family about the potential risks of using social media too much. If you are feeling overwhelmed or are having difficulty managing your social media use, seek help from an expert psychiatrist who can assist you in developing healthy habits. 

The key is striking a balance between using these platforms responsibly while still enjoying all the benefits we offer us – by limiting our screen time each day and engaging more in real-world interactions we can ensure that our use keeps us mentally healthy overall! If you’re concerned about how your child’s mental health might be affected by their usage then consider talking with a professional such as Mental Health Research Centre in Kolkata (+91 98313 13020) before taking action – we’ll be able to provide useful insight into how best handle this situation!


Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee, a distinguished Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field of mental health. With an academic background that includes an MBBS from Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, and an MD from SVS Medical College, Hyderabad, he has garnered recognition as one of Kolkata’s leading mental health professionals. Dr. Mukherjee’s illustrious career has seen him contribute his skills and knowledge to esteemed institutions such as Chittaranjan Hospital, SVS Medical College & Hospital Hyderabad, KPC Medical College, and Iris Hospital. Currently, he serves as a consultant at the Mental Health Research Centre in Kolkata, located within the Marwari Relief Society Hospital, Bara Bazar. His areas of specialization encompass Child and adolescent psychiatry, de-addiction, schizophrenia, depression, and various types of anxiety disorders. Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee’s commitment to the field is underscored by his active participation in numerous international and national seminars on Psychiatry and mental health. His dedication and expertise make him a highly respected figure in the realm of mental health care in Kolkata.