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Is social media causing you to be depressed?

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 08:57:23-05
In a world of smart phones, with millions of people getting immediate information on a daily basis, it's hard for people to put their phones down. 
David Esser, a student at the University of Arizona says his phone is his life.
"Every time I lose my phone I freak out, if I don't have it for like 15 minutes then I freak out," said Esser. 
What is it about social media that keeps people with their heads down and zoned out into their phone?
Esser says he doesn't want to miss out on what's going on in the world of social media.
"You never know how quick something can happen and you always want to see what's going on."
Another student, Grendi Noriega says when she wakes up, the first thing she looks at is her Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. 
While other students like Fatima El-Rahal say they're trying to limit their intake, she tells KGUN 9 she believes social media is "affecting my life negatively more than positively."
KGUN 9 reached out to psychiatrist, Peggy Holt at Sabino Recovery.
Holt says, social media is great in many ways, but it has taken people away from the intimacy of eye contact and face-to-face dialogue. Like any other addiction, the issues come when there are negative consequences. 
Holt says, if your social media is affecting your social life and relationships, then that's a problem.
"You're using the online version of relationships versus the offline," said Holt.
Holt often says times people isolate themselves which can contribute to depression and anxiety. 
People who use social media become too reliant on how many 'LIKES' or 'VIEWS' they receive. In turn, can be a factor as to why so many people find social media depressing. 
Holt adds that social media should never be used for someone's validation because you're relying on an outside source for internal happiness. 
According to Holt, people who get upset when others post about happy events such as graduations, engagements and traveling may not be happy with themselves. 
The best way for someone to avoid feeling social media depression is to cut down on how much you use it. 
Post without wanting validation but share your life with others such as family and friends. 
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