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Five Reasons You Need To Stop Scrolling On Tik Tok!

Besides social anxiety, scrolling on Tik Tok leads to so many other issues, both physical and mental. These are the reasons and what you can do to avoid them.

1.92 Billion Users (2023)

In an era dominated by digital connectivity, platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat have become parts of our daily lives.

Quite often, and I am guilty of this… Checking Instagram is one of the first things that we do when we wake up and has become part of our morning routine.

With the rise of “reels,” scrolling through content is made too easy. You won’t even remember most of the content that you scroll through!

While these platforms offer a space for creativity and friendly connection, we must recognize their potential impact on mental health. Here’s why…

Social Comparison & Self-Esteem

Excessive scrolling can lead to constant social comparison, negatively impacting self-esteem. This leads to users often comparing their lives to curated, idealized representations. Especially on Tik Tok, influencers shape new norms and social standards.

That being said, limiting screen time to two hours a day maximum is a necessity for one’s mental health and attention span.

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

The Pew Research Center reports that 69% of adults experience the phenomenon known as “Fear of Missing Out” (FOMO), leading to “imaginary” stress and anxiety.

Since endless scrolling exacerbates FOMO as users witness others’ “exciting” experiences, feelings of inadequacy and anxiety are greatly heightened.

Cyberbullying

Further, the anonymity provided by these platforms can contribute to cyberbullying, fostering a toxic online environment that can lead to difficult mental health and distress for victims.

For instance, based off a survey by the Cyberbullying Research Center, around 37% of U.S. students have experienced cyberbullying at some point in their lifetime.

Sleep Disruption

Even if it’s not on Tik Tok or social media, around 90% of respondents use an electronic device before bedtime, according to our survey.

Excessive screen time, especially before bedtime, can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to insomnia and other sleep-related issues that can adversely affect mental health.

Time Wasted On Unproductive Activities

Frequently, scrolling through TikTok and Instagram will lead to hours of wasted time being spent on unproductive activities. Moreover, scrolling can also be a factor in bad posture.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

In short, I think we all know that social media is not a “healthy” thing, and that is why there are so many regulations arising, particularly on Tik Tok bans.

How can we change this? What are some alternatives to scrolling all night?

I want to know your thoughts! Leave them below!

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