Can Social Media cause depression on seeing others succeed? Well, answer to this question is yes and no. Why yes, social media can definitely have harmful effect if misused and misinterpreted. It’s important to note here that social media has enabled us to connect virtually with anyone around the world. While it is good to know what is happening in other parts of the world some people can get disheartened and disoriented if they think other guy is doing better. We tend to compare ourselves with others and it is human nature to compare ourselves with others as that’s the easiest way to find out if we are doing good or not. It doesn’t matter if we are putting our best efforts but what matters is if we are doing any better than others or not. Once this comparison creeps into our minds it’s difficult not to get disheartened when we find that others are doing better. This is where social media plays its part, we are all interested in knowing how are friends from school, college and neighborhood are doing but what we are really interested is, in knowing if that guy is doing better than us or not. Updates and photos on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. can lead to unnecessary expectations and instead of working hard to the best of one’s ability that guy would start focusing on trying to be someone that is not her/his true self and may be end up regretting about it.
But is social media really harmful, I would say no as it is just a media to exchange information. It shouldn’t be blamed if people take information available in it negatively. It’s important to realize that one has to be mature enough to see pros and cons of the social media. It’s like a coin and there are two sides to it therefore if someone is seeing only the darker side then it is wrong. What needs to be done is to educate people about using social media effectively. You may still compare yourself with others but you should not see what’s obvious rather delve deeply to find how circumstances and various factors played a role in success of other people. Only then can you appreciate their success and understand that they too faced hardships on their way to success and success doesn’t come cheap for anyone. Situations do vary from person to person and that’s why comparison might not hold good if done on the basis of money or fame only. I hope you will recognize social media just as a medium to exchange information and look into not so obvious things also before comparing yourself with others.