Is social media harmful to our mental health?

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In recent news, singer Luisa Sonza decided to move away from the internet as her mental health was drastically affected due to the attacks she received on social media. It began with malicious comments which deeply affected the artist.

Sonza says she has had to start taking sleeping pills and has become afraid of reality. “I went to treat myself with a psychiatrist until I got back together and entered a more rational state,” she said. She also claims to have vivid nightmares of physical attacks against her.

That’s the reason why she decided to delete her social networks from her phone and has given sole responsibility to her team to update them.

Research has proven countless of times how an unbalanced use of social media networks can be extremely harmful to users of all ages. The excessive use of digital media can be seen as a great delay in the development of users, in addition to different risks to emotional health and social ties.

However, according to an article by BBC, social networking can also have many benefits. It is seen as a way for you to express yourself, such as showing off your favourite song lyrics or posting pictures of a new pair of shoes.

Social media has become a huge part of many lives and there are people who find it easier to vent their feelings online than to a person. It also makes it a lot easier to keep in touch with your loved ones that live far from you.

So, it is fair to say that social media has both its benefits and its risks, and it’s down to each individual to ensure they use these platforms in a safe way.

If you have been affected by your social media usage and would like to receive urgent spiritual support, you can speak with a Pastor via our 24-Hour Helpline. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, call us on 020 7686 6000 or message us on WhatsApp on 020 7686 6010.

Furthermore, if social media, or any other area of your life has been causing you shame and you would like to learn how you can combat this using your faith, join us this Sunday at your local Universal Church.

Last week we had, “The Day to End all Shame,” at 10am (also at 7:30am) based on the promise found in the Word of God:

“So they will say, “This land was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited,” (Ezekiel 36:35 NKJV)

When God said in Ezequiel that he would restore the state of His people so that they would become like the Garden of Eden, He promised to do this before others, so that they also would see the transformation (Ezequiel 36:33-35 NKJV).

Those who one day witnessed your devastation, humiliation and shame will also one day see your life restored and exalted. In other words, He promised to exchange shame for honour.

If you would like to seek the fulfilment of this promise in your life, you are invited to visit us at your local branch.

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