What is Social Media Anxiety?
Social media Anxiety Disorder is not a clinical disorder, but it is something that people go through. It's a type of anxiety that many young people go through, especially teens. Most of the time, young adults/teens are on social media daily looking through Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and other social media apps. What happens when they start comparing themselves with others because someone else is posting up pictures or videos of them on vacation, or how "pretty" they look. That’s when social media anxiety starts to kick in. The feelings when someone gets social media anxiety might be comparison, low self-esteem, and fear of missing out.
As people who use social media excessively, we like to post a lot to show others our lives and be updated, but the concern is that we let our insecurities get to us. We always question our self-worth such as a post not getting enough likes and deleting it. We care about the comments and likes to make us feel better. We also go through FOMO (Fear of missing out) when it comes to social media; for example, if a friend went to a party and posted it up on Instagram or Snapchat and didn't invite you, once you see that, you feel not included and questioning why are you missing out on everything.
How to cope with Social Media Anxiety
There are some ways on how to cope with social media anxiety & take a step back from it. One of ways is by disconnecting from negative followers or followers who make you feel insecure. We don't have to be everyone's friend on Instagram or snapchat. Another way is don't question when it comes to posting something; the more you question, the more low self-esteem you have to make your post look "perfect" and lastly, don't rely on social media too much. Yes social media can be part of your life, but make sure to pay attention to the people around you and put your phone down here and there. Sometimes we need to take a step back from our social media so that we don't have that anxiety on us.