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How Social Media Is Harming Young People

by Vanessa Waithera
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We are all guilty of spending a lot of time on social media.

The first thing I do when I wake up is check my Instagram, regardless of whatever time it is I will always have to check my social media. Though we appreciate the convenience social media has brought into our modern world, we rarely think of the risks and complications we may have. For starters, social media has been linked to poor mental health and why wouldn’t it? We spend more time on our phones laughing at memes rather than anything else.

New research suggests that’s not the only way social media can have a detrimental effect on the health of young people. It can also dramatically reduce the time spent on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, the investigation revealed. Apparently, social media makes people forget other activities so they end up neglecting their health and other parts of life because of apps on their phone.

People tend to assume that they have a whole life because of spending time on phone and for many this has become a way of spending time alone. Researchers have urged people to reduce their time on social media and try and engage in actual physical activities such as walking or even sleeping without using the phone. The best way to do this is to ban social media in your home or life after a certain time, for example from 10pm you should put your phone away.

Now, how about you try taking a walk in the park instead of scrolling through Instagram?

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