As promised, I’m beginning a series of posts on how social media impacts our mental state and has the potential to increase mental illness. If you want to start at the beginning and see what led me to start this research and discussion, pause for a moment and read Social Media Addiction: When God Commands You to Fast and Rest.
I’ve gone around and around on where to start with this discussion—do I start with the research on how social media impacts our brain, or do I start with the studies that show there is a correlation between mental health struggles and social media habits? Do I present the information like a full-fledged research paper, or do I just give you the basics of the information I found?
After a great deal of thought on where we are headed, I’ve decided we’ll begin with a basic discussion on mental health trends and social media use. Next week we’ll cover the basics of how it actually impacts our brain. In these posts, we will only scratch the surface of research, but I invite you to dig deeper if you are interested. What you will find may alarm you, convict you, and challenge you just like it did me.