Social Media and Depression

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Social Media and Depression

In our country, depression and suicide are through the roof; some estimates are that suicide is up 35%.

I attribute this increase in part, not solely, to social media.

Teens, parents, and kids are using social media primarily to share their happy moments, such as the parties that they go to or the fun times that they’re having.

There’s also a portion of kids who are looking at those images and thinking “I’m not having as much fun as these people. I’m missing out.”

They have what’s called FOMO, which stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.”

FOMO can make people feel sad, lonely, or maybe add pressure to show the world that they’re actually having a lot more fun than they really are.

It’s a facade. It’s not real.

So, I encourage parents and teens to have conversations about social media, what’s appropriate, but please limit your usage of this.

Social media is not real life. Get out there and be real with people in person, not just on social media.

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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill is a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Southeast Psych, Psych Bytes, and Shrink Tank.He works with individuals on the Autism spectrum and consults on the development of Autism programs and private practice development across the country.Dr. Gaskill is the co-author of Max Gamer: Aspie Superhero as well as How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours.

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