Minimize use of smartphones to improve mental health, suggests Prince Harry

Minimize use of smartphones to improve mental health, suggests Prince Harry

Prince Harry (32) has advised young people to overcome their difficulties in life by talking to each other instead of getting hooked on their smartphones and other electronic devices. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, along with Prince Harry, spent a day at a Christmas party organized for mental health charities in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2016.

At the party, Prince Harry suggested limited use of smartphones, while the Duchess of Cambridge suggested young people to go on long walks or laugh out loud every day to cope with their mental health problems. They discussed different ways of getting young people to have a discussion and open up in case they encountered suicidal thoughts.

As per Claire McCann, a counselor in London schools for the charity Place2Be, Prince Harry is quite passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. While the trio spoke about dealing with mental health issues, they also helped the charity workers decorate Christmas tree trinkets and make paper chains with positive messages written on them.

Social media – the cause of anxiety and depression among Americans

It seems the digital media has taken over our daily lives. In the age of smart devices and social media, a day usually begins by scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Facebook updates. Though it is important to stay connected and be aware of the latest developments, it becomes hard when one sets unrealistic expectations created in the digital world. With more and more people hooked on social media, people often end up either comparing themselves to others or living up to the false image set up on the social media.

According to a recent study to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior in 2017, social media users who visit various social media platforms in the range of seven to 11 years were more likely to show signs of anxiety and depression. The study notes that the problem stems from two factors – firstly due to failure to meet unrealistic expectations set by people, and secondly due to managing multiple online personas, judging themselves through other people’s opinion on social media and the constant comparison of one’s self to others.

‘Social media was making us unhappier’

It is still unclear whether it’s the comparison that causes depression or whether humans are predisposed to thinking that all other people are doing better than them. In addition to comparing oneself, often managing multiple personas on multiple sites becomes a chore. In its entirety, the research suggested that social media was making us unhappier as a whole.

According to recent surveys published in the Preventive Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America and Computers in Human Behavior, excessive use of internet led to sleep loss and reduction in cognitive skills. As people became more sluggish, they started to look up to the preferred platform, that is social media as it is lightweight and easy.

Recovery road map

The constant desire to obtain positive feedback by creating or joining social media networks creates a loop that makes users spend more time online and neglect their daily life activities. Though excessive social media use may contribute to anxiety and depression, it also allows people to find support among communities they might not have found in real lives.

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