Don’t let social media take you down

The online world opened up many opportunities to people but at the same time created the hate world

By   |  Published: 3rd Jul 2020  3:28 pm

It wasn’t the first time when actor Kriti Sanon called out the social media as toxic soon after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The platform is notorious for its impact on millennials. Social media is treated as one of the top ways through which celebrities chose to interact with their fans and indulge in publicity.

But when Sonakshi Sinha quit Twitter, it raised eyebrows on the functioning of such platforms. Joining her was Sonam Kapoor who not only exposed anonymous hate messages by people but also turned off comments sections on her Instagram. But why has the social media turned so toxic that people can’t stand by it? Counselling psychologist Rahul Luther tries to answer our many questions.

With over two decades of experience in the treatment of substance abuse and related fields, Rahul is considered one of the leading authorities on addictions in India. “Social media becomes toxic when it starts interfering with your normal functioning,” explains Rahul who is also the co-founder of Hope Trust – one of Asia’s leading rehabs.

There are many factors which attribute to the negative effects and some of it can be constant comparisons and dropping self-esteem. “This generation is more tech-savvy, exploratory and energetic. Overuse of social media does lead to low self-worth because their own life would appear less exciting or glamorous than what is being projected by others.

However, it’s an illusory window and is not real.” Then, how can we still use social media without getting overwhelmed by its toxicity? “By developing alternative non-digital interests. And limiting time spent on social media,” he said.

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