Social Media Not Effective as Personal Relations
Support provided over social media was not found to be effective as real-life support according to a study done by Dar Meshi, Asst Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). Social media support did not negatively impact mental health, however, it also did not positively affect either. Typical interactions over social media are limited and don’t allow for more substantial connection needed to protect against negative mental health. A survey was done among 403 university students and it was found that people with problematic social media use were showing similarities with symptoms of substance use disorder. Such people with excessive social media use showed signs of withdrawal, such as irritability, when prevented from using social media. It may be that the more excessive one’s social media use is, the less social support that person gets in real life, which leads to poor mental health.