RELEASE: Social networks and mental health, according to Deusto Salud

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RELEASE: Social networks and mental health, according to Deusto Salud

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Madrid, November 29

Currently, it is estimated that close to 80% of the population between the ages of 16 and 70 has a presence on social networks and makes some use of them. In this context, networks have modified the ways that people interact and stay in contact, but also the conception of the world and the way of connecting with reality. For this reason, they explain from Deusto Salud, social networks can have a broad impact on people's mental health

Although there are many effects of social networks on people's mental health that have been studied, one of the most renowned and the one that has generated the most concern has to do with the repercussions of the content published on them and their interactions with them. people's self-esteem and their perception of themselves. Self-esteem, explained in Deusto Salud, is an essential aspect of mental health, because it is what helps to maintain a healthy life and better link with one's own projects and desires and with the environment. One of the problems that has appeared in relation to social networks and self-esteem has to do with the constant bombardment of images of idealized lives, bodies, couples and friendships that end up seeming unattainable and generating in the people who see them the idea that there is something that others have and they do not. But, in addition, the constant use of filters and the choice of the best photographs have generated, for some time, a distorted vision of bodies, skins and faces, where every personal image becomes crossed by a series of " arrangements" before being displayed. However, Deusto Salud says that this is not the only problem in this regard. Currently, social networks have been filled with messages of security, self-esteem and self-acceptance. In these, the responsibility of being able to love themselves even in complex environments tends to be placed on people. The problem with these messages, which at first glance do not seem harmful, is that they do not take into account the context of the people, at the same time that they make self-esteem appear as an equivalent to success. So "if you don't have self-esteem, you're a failure." This can be especially complex at a historical moment in which networks are spaces par excellence for the dissemination of hate speech and aggressive messages. Violence on social networks Hand in hand with the above, Deusto Salud explains that it has occurred, in In recent times, a proliferation of what has been called "hateo" and that has to do with the attacks reported on social networks. Thus, the digital platform seems to become a scenario where verbal and symbolic violence is more accepted than in other spaces of socialization. The permanent exposure to the possibility of aggression and the socially accepted possibility that people can "say what want" on others in the networks can also end up having a broad impact on people's mental health. Social networks and the problem of dependency According to Deusto Salud, the average age at which they begin to be used, today , of social networks, oscillates between 8 and 9 years. The average use that adults make of these digital media is something that continues to grow and this has led to the evaluation of the concept of FOMO, which has to do with disconnection anxiety. Various studies show that social networks can cause psychological dependence, increasing the feeling of discomfort and stress or anxiety when there is no connection, when the phone has been forgotten, among other things. In Deusto Salud they explain that the abuse of Social networks can lead to the use of inadequate coping strategies, as well as can generate problems in the management of basic social skills. Another of the problems that should be emphasized is the risk that the abuse of social networks causes isolation and greater difficulty in generating and maintaining face-to-face social ties.

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