Do likes and followers affect your mental health?

Every time you make a post on your social media, it receives innumerable likes, and you feel a little happier. Or when you finally reach a huge number of followers, it makes you feel a little more happier.

During this state of joy, dopamine is released by the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is released when the person is in a state of joy.

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recent study confirmed that the same brain circuits activated while eating chocolate or by winning a massive amount of cash are also being released when you receive a large number of likes on a post.

However, you become happy by seeing the number of likes and followers on the post. But how do you feel when you do not receive the same feedback on your next post?

This then clouds up your judgment, causing you to dive into depression or start comparing yourself with others.

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Why is hiding likes a good idea?

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With Instagram’s recent experiment of hiding likes in some countries, is done with the same purpose. And other social media platforms of also thinking of doing the same.

As social media shapes the world today, from social media influencers making income from the number of likes and followers or on Facebook using their page for engagements and Millenials social media is used for everything.

A survey says that hiding likes would be a smart thing to do. Hiding likes would help our mental health a lot.

People often show themselves online as the number of likes and followers, and then they think how well they look, and eventually, jealousy and insecurities begin inside.

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Often we do not realize how they choose what to post online and keep their negative parts unseen is an issue. This includes what picture should be posted and what part of themselves do they want to disclose to their followers.

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Emma Hundt, an integrated marketing and communications student at Florida State University, studied body image issues and body shaming on social media and its effects on millennial women.

“I did a decent amount of research on mental health issues affected by social media. The biggest issues were anxiety, depression, and social isolation,” said Hundt.

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