21st Century Illnesses

Is Technology Making You Anxious?                                   

A new epidemic is sweeping the country — and it's being fueled by social media.

Websites like Instagram and Facebook are causing users serious stress, resulting in a spike in anxiety and psychological disorders. This new type of 21st-century illness often impacts teenagers and young adults who use online platforms several times a day.

Research shows that excessive social media image could result in poor body image and feelings of insecurity. So, what's going on?

The Link Between Social Media and Stress

Several studies have looked at the link between social media and stress.

One study looked at how Facebook could cause depressive symptoms in some users [1]. Perhaps this is because of peer pressure. Some young adults post every aspect of their life online, leaving their friends to play "catch-up." What's more, Photoshopped images on social networks like Instagram and Twitter can result in young adults feeling seriously inadequate.

All this may spill over into an even more dangerous territory, with some social media usage resulting in eating disorders and mental health conditions. 

What Can Be Done?

There are a number of ways young adults can curb their social media usage.

Restricting the amount of time they spend on websites like Pinterest and YouTube might solve the problem. In addition, there are various coping mechanisms that help people deal with conditions like stress and anxiety.

Healthcare experts recommend healthy eating and working out as a way to banish the blues [2]. This is because regular exercise releases endorphins, also known as the body's feel-good chemicals. This can help regulate mood and assist social media users with stress.

Other Healthcare Concerns and 21st-Century Illnesses 

The rise of digital media has benefited people and businesses around the world. However, there are a number of drawbacks associated with this recent technology. Some people who frequent websites like Twitter and Facebook might be exposed to cyberbullies, who torment them on these sites. Again, this can have a significant effect on the mental health of some young adults and result in feelings of depression and anxiety. Healthcare experts recommend that people should report cyberbullies.


There is a raft of stressors that are unique to the 21st century. These include the rise of social media sites, which can sometimes cause people to feel anxious, especially if they are exposed to cyber bullies.

It's not all doom and gloom however, social media provides users with a plethora of benefits. People can communicate with friends and family around the world, make new connections and keep their contacts updated with life events. 

Everything in moderation – including social media,

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[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183915/