The relationship between social media and mental health is complex, as social media takes over more and more of our lives. Many people instantly assume social media has a negative effect on mental health, but can there be positive effects too?
Social media is bad for your mental healthShow moreShow less
People can get dopamine highs from checking social media and getting “likes” or “follows.” This instant gratification makes us lose patience over time, as we can be rewarded in seconds on social media.
We cannot blame only social media for this dopamine high we are receiving, as it is hardly a phenomenon unique to social media. There are many things that give us a dopamine high - food, sex, drugs, gambling, exercise - which does not mean all of these things should be condemned.
[P1] Social media can cause dopamine highs which decrease our patience over time.
[P2] Social media is negatively altering the chemicals in our brain.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P1] We already get a dopamine high from other things, social media is not the first thing that has the power to alter the chemicals in our brain.