Whether you’re sitting down, standing up, or lying down, you’ve probably mindlessly scrolled through your social media feeds. Although seemingly a harmless habit—especially if you have a few minutes to spare—there may be health risks associated with social media use. The American Academy of Pediatrics has acknowledged the potential negative effects of social media in children and adolescents, such as cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,” sexting, and even exposure to inappropriate content. Yet, these risks may be applicable to adults too.
Learn about the 10 ways unhealthy social media use may negatively affect the brain.
It may make you spend more money
Watch your wallet the next time you’re scrolling through your social media feeds—or, rather, put it under lock and key. According to Schwab’s 2019 Modern Wealthy survey, 49 percent of millennials reported that social media influenced them to overspend on experiences. And science backs up this spending phenomenon: A 2013 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research linked heavy social media use among people with “strong ties” to close friends to higher levels of credit card debt, as well as a higher body mass index. Learn what can happen when you quit social media altogether.