Posting Photos on Social Media Can Improve Mental Health

So does that mean I need to snap more selfies?

July 19, 2018

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month so get ready for a lot of information coming out about things that may help improve our mental health and other things that may impact it negatively. 

Over the last few years, there have been many studies done on social media and how it can be bad for your mental health. Some people spend so much time on social media that they are not living in the moment of their own lives. Often, we can become jealous of what we see others sharing about how beautiful their lives are and how they are doing this and that. But here's the thing, people choose what they share on social media. So, that is just a tiny snippet of their reality. Come to think of it, and it may not even be the reality. 

A study came out this week that said that quitting Facebook could help reduce stress in our lives. But another study found that leaving facebook only made people experience more anxiety because of the "fear of missing out" phenomenon. 

Today we have yet another study, but this one is about taking photos, sharing them on social media, and how it can affect your mental health. A study was co-authored by Dr. Liz Brewster of Lancaster University and Dr. Andrew Cox of the University of Sheffield. They looked at the photos people took, the text they posted with them, and their interactions on social media. 

Here's what they found! Taking a daily photo can improve your self-care, sense of community, and help you reminisce. 

What kinds of photos are they talking about in the study? It can be any photo including selfies, food pics, and pet pics too. So remember the other research that came out that said people who post photos on social media are narcissistic? Apparently, that is no longer the case. 

You can read more about the study and how posting photos daily made subjects feel below.