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Social media for me can swing from one state to another just like my mental health.
Everybody's experience of social media and depression is different. But, several studies since 2010 have provided evidence that more frequent use of social media (mostly Facebook) can be associated with depression symptoms.
On one hand, it's a useful tool to stay in touch with friends...
On the other hand, pictures on Facebook make me feel uncomfortable and this bombardment of social media images of others makes me crazy...
It seems I need to learn how to manage my time on social media. This can be like finding the right antidepressant.
A study from Ofcom at the end of last year found half of UK children aged 11 and 12 had a profile despite most platforms having a minimum age of 13. Study from University of Oxford suggested that while children do spend a lot of time online, they need to have some effective ways of balancing online and offline time.
Kepp an eye on how much time I spend online, talk regularly with me about what am I doing online, what posts I have made, who are my friends. You can have access to my passwords and encourage me to use the social media for creative things.
What can we do?
I need to learn to sometimes avoid social media and focus on things which I can control, such as eating, lot of sleep and playing outside.
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