From Likes to Low Self-Esteem: The Cost of Social Media on Your Mind.

How Social Media Quietly Erodes Your Mental Health?

Chirag Malik
3 min readFeb 12, 2024
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In the age of constant connectivity, social media has become an integral part of our lives.

However, beneath the glittering facade of likes, shares, and comments lies a darker reality that significantly impacts mental health, self-image, and overall well-being.

It’s crucial to address the negative consequences and seek practical solutions to mitigate these effects.

The Downward Spiral of Mental Health:

The scrolling marathons through curated feeds can lead to a barrage of negative emotions. Comparing one’s life to the highlight reels of others triggers feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and even depression.

The desperate need for validation through likes and comments creates a toxic cycle, where self-worth is tied to virtual approval from online strangers.

Practical Solution:

  • Limit screen time and inculcate habits that take you away from the screen, it is difficult to control yourself but it is easy to design your environment in a way that takes you away from the screen, and set boundaries on social media usage to prevent excessive exposure.
  • Unfollow toxic accounts: Curate your online environment by unfollowing accounts that trigger negative emotions.
  • These are one-time actions that have long-term effects on your mental well-being.

The Distorted Self-Image:

Social media platforms are breeding grounds for unrealistic beauty standards and filters that warp reality. Constant exposure to flawless images can erode self-esteem and contribute to body dissatisfaction, leading to severe consequences for mental health.

Practical Solution:

  • Embrace authenticity: Share real, unfiltered moments to break the illusion of perfection. Remember, nobody is sharing their ugly photos on Instagram.
  • Follow body-positive influencers: Surround yourself with content that promotes self-love and body acceptance.

The Illusion of Connection:

While social media promises connection, it often delivers isolation. The endless comparison and fear of missing out (FOMO) can lead to a sense of loneliness. Excessive social media usage may replace real-life interactions, hindering genuine connections.

Most people I see during my commute and when I go out are tapping and scrolling on their phones and no one is talking to anyone.

Even friends and colleagues traveling together aren’t interested in talking with each other, they are watching Instagram reels or are on a scrolling marathon without even a hint of what’s going on around them.

Practical Solution:

  • Nurture offline relationships: Prioritize face-to-face interactions over virtual ones.
  • When you are sitting or have the opportunity to talk with someone, even a stranger. Talk to them, it’ll be uncomfortable at first but it will significantly boost your communication skills, and confidence, get rid of the social anxiety, and foster some great connections with people around you.
  • Schedule social media detox days: Take regular breaks from social media to reconnect with the real world.

Realizing the profound impact of social media on mental health, individuals around the world are sharing their experiences.

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center shared how constantly comparing yourself to others on social media led to a decline in mental well-being.


In conclusion, it’s imperative to acknowledge the disastrous effects of social media on mental health, self-image, and overall well-being.

However, by implementing practical solutions and fostering a mindful approach to social media usage, you can reclaim control over your mental health.

Remember, the online world is a curated representation, not the complete picture of reality. Break free from the shackles of comparison, embrace authenticity, and prioritize genuine connections for a healthier and happier life.

As you navigate the digital landscape, let’s strive for a balanced relationship with social media that uplifts rather than undermines our mental health.

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