Facebook and mental health - Psychology study sheds light on what could make Facebook use unhealthy.
For many of us, Facebook is a big part of our lives. Though, studies have recently revealed that there is a relationship between Facebook and mental health problems, like low self-esteem. A recent study has shown more about this connection.
The connection of Facebook and depression is debated. We may use Facebook to gain a positive self image, or to self-compare, so much so that their Facebook activity may intrude with our daily functioning and activities, as well as our mood.
Though many studies are not pointing fingers at Facebook itself as causing these issues. Instead, studies are making the case that it is our use of Facebook in response to certain challenges in ourselves (like low self-esteem), which determines these negative impacts.
The study investigated the users' levels of psychological distress, self-esteem, and insecure attachment styles. These factors were compared with the amount of problematic Facebook they were engaging in.
A common relationship was found between attachment anxiety problems with problematic activities on Facebook. Other factors may also have been involved, such as low self-esteem and distress issues.
Perhaps this can make us wonder whether the tool of Facebook is problematic in itself, or whether it can simply be mis-used by those already experiencing certain psychological anxieties.
The scientists concluded that Facebook users who had many attachment insecurities tended to use Facebook to fulfil unmet attachment needs. This would be particularly the case for those with low self-esteem and experiencers of psychological distress.
You can read further on this published study here.
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