Trigger Warning: mental illness, eating disorders, mention of su*c*de, mention of self h*rm
At GrasshoppHer, we understand that it is not easy to be a woman. The media places so many standards and opinions on us, and social media makes it easier for people to share their unsolicited opinions.
In Netflix’s new documentary, The Social Dilemma, statistics show a 62% increase since 2009 in hospitalizations after self-harming for girls ages 15 to 19. With girls ages 10 to 14, the increase is 189%. These statistics are alarming. Deaths by suicide in the US among older teenage girls has increased by 70% and 151% for pre-teen girls. A lot of this is attributed to middle school aged girls using of social media (the uptick between 2010 to 2013) before we truly knew its effects on the brain.
The use of social media makes it easy to compare oneself to others. However, when we do this we are often comparing someone’s highlights to our day-to-day life. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. It is incomparable.
We would like to provide some tips to help you bring some perspective to your use of social media and break the addiction.
In previous blog posts, we have emphasized the importance of using social media to stay informed and to share information with others. However, there are many ways to stay informed and share, ie newspapers and telephone calls. Remember those? It is important to take care of yourself and know when the negative effects of social media are affecting you.