Social media is a tool used by many to get social, connect, and get out in front of the world.
But as the world becomes more connected, anxiety about social media is growing.
We’ve all heard stories of people who are frustrated with the amount of information on their phone or computer, or even the lack of time to interact with friends or family.
But what about those who feel like social media can become a source of anxiety, or are unsure how to manage it?
Here’s what you need to know about social networks and anxiety.
What Is Social Media Anxiety?
Social media anxiety (also known as social phobia or social phobic disorder) is an anxiety disorder that can be triggered by the social media platforms, apps, or websites we use most often.
Social media can also be a trigger for anxiety or stress, and it can be hard to identify.
The National Institute of Mental Health has published research on social media anxiety and recommends that you seek out mental health services if you have social anxiety.
Anxiety can also affect people who don’t have anxiety issues, but social media use is more common among those with anxiety issues.
For example, people who have a higher level of social anxiety may be more likely to use social media to find and share information.
Social anxiety can also come with other symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping or feeling depressed.
People with anxiety disorders often struggle with managing their social media activity.
For many people, it can feel like a constant barrage of information is constantly being presented to them.
Some may feel like they’re constantly overwhelmed by their online life, and others may struggle with maintaining social and physical relationships with others.
These issues can become even more difficult when social media becomes an increasingly important part of our daily lives.
Anxiety Is Not a Mental Disorder Social media may feel overwhelming, but it’s actually a symptom of a condition called social phobias.
People who have social phobs can have trouble with following social rules, or finding the time to engage in activities and relationships.
Social phobics are people who experience anxiety when social interactions and social media interactions are not structured in a way that creates a positive connection with others, like through a group chat or group photo.
Social Phobias Are Associated With AnxietySocial phobies can also develop when people have trouble getting the attention they want, or when they don’t feel confident enough in their own abilities to communicate effectively.
They can be a sign of a mental disorder like anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder.
People diagnosed with social phobe disorder may experience feelings of anxiety and depression when interacting with people in real life, as well as social anxiety when communicating with people online.
Anxiety and depression are not the only symptoms associated with social media phobia.
Other signs and symptoms that may indicate a mental health issue include: feeling like the social network is a place where I have to interact constantly, constantly interacting with everyone else, or constantly being asked for information and doing things to please everyone in the group, such like sharing photos of the group or giving compliments