How to Make Social Media Work for You With Social Anxiety Disorder (2022)

Social media use is becoming more commonplace, even among those with social anxiety disorder (SAD). This begs the question—areFacebook,Twitter,Instagram, and other platforms helpful or not for those who live with social anxiety?

Overview

Whether or not social media is beneficial for people with social anxiety is a complex question. The answer depends on many factors, including how you use those channels of communication, what role they play in your life, and your tendency toward addiction.

Some of the benefits and disadvantages of social media for people with social anxiety are the same as those for those without the disorder.

Below is a quick comparison of how social networks might be helping, or hurting, those with SAD.

If you or a loved one are struggling with social anxiety disorder, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area.

For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database.

Benefits

Social media isn't all bad. In fact, it can have numerous benefits, including the following:

  • Social networking sites may help those with social anxiety to more easily initiate and establish social connections.
  • These sites may make it easier for some people with social anxiety disorder to become involved in connecting with others, when transportation, isolation, or fear of leaving the house is an issue.
  • Individuals may experience less anxiety when interacting online versus offline, allowing them to practice social skills in what feels to be a safer environment.
  • Social networking sites may provide an outlet for those with social anxiety disorder to share how they are feeling (on sites like Tumblr). Platforms that allow for anonymous "blogging" may allow those with social anxiety to feel less alone and look at their situation in a more light-hearted way (such as by viewing silly memes like the "Socially Awkward Penguin" series.

Pros

  • Easier to connect with others, especially if you fear leaving the house

  • Safe space to practice social skills

  • Extra support from others living with social anxiety disorder

  • Outlet for sharing your feelings

Cons

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Disadvantages

While there are possible advantages to using social media, there are a few disadvantages to consider as well.

  • On sites such as Facebook, it is often expected that users will become friends with people that they know in real life. People with social anxiety may, therefore, have fewer connections or trouble meeting new people.​
  • Individuals with social anxiety who have low self-esteem may express themselves in ways that are not appealing to others, making others less drawn to connecting with them.
  • Friendships built mostly on social platforms may be weaker than those that have had a chance to develop in real life and lead to less actual bonding.
  • Seeing all of the great things your Facebook or Twitter friends are posting about may make you feel left out or inadequate. Same thing for seeing how many "likes" or comments others get on their posts compared to your own.
  • For those with social anxiety who feel more comfortable behind a computer screen, there may be a tendency to rely too much on social networking sites to the exclusion of trying to make real-world connections.
  • Social networking sites may make you think about all the things you don't have in your life (i.e., a partner, children, job).
  • Constant use of social networking sites may increase stress—especially if you feel the need to be constantly connected to the online world.
  • The use of social networking sites has the potential to make mental health issues worsen. If you are at risk for other issues such as depression and addiction, this can be particularly problematic.
  • Staying up late to use social media could lead to problems falling asleep—and lack of sleep may lead to worsened feelings of anxiety or even depression.
  • Finding outtoo muchabout someone before meeting that person (by "stalking" their social networking accounts) could actually lead to increased social anxiety when you finally meet up with that person in real life.

People with social anxiety disorder may be at heightened risk for Internet addiction disorder (IA). In general, both positive and negative correlations were found between the use of social networking sites and mental wellness.

Negative interactions and social comparisons on social networking sites were related to higher levels of anxiety. However, displays of social support and social connectedness on social networking sites were related to lower levels of anxiety. In addition, the use of social networking sites was related to lower levels of loneliness, and higher levels of self-esteem and satisfaction with life.

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Research Findings

Overall, the findings of the meta-analysis suggest that the use of social networking sites may have both benefits and detractors for those with social anxiety disorder—a lot may depend on the individuals and how the sites are used.

However, a review study found that most previous research was based on self-reported data and cross-sectional (at one point in time). Specifically, studies suggested that:

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  • People with social anxiety disorder were more likely to engage in passive use of Facebook (looking at other people's profiles) and less likely to engage in content production (posting, commenting, etc.).
  • People who brood or engage in anxious rumination may be more at risk for their social anxiety becoming worse when they use Facebook passively. For example, if you sit at home all day reading other people's Facebook posts, not posting anything of your own, not commenting on anyone else's status, your social anxiety may worsen.
  • People may be able to tell on social networking sites that you have social anxiety because of how you interact. Examples include being relatively inactive or withdrawn in your interactions.
  • In general, people with social anxiety are less likely to be users of Facebook but more likely to be users of "micro-blogging" sites such as Tumblr or Myspace. (This may be because it provides an outlet to share feelings in a non-threatening atmosphere.)
  • People with social anxiety do not appear to be more likely to post negative content on social networking sites. However, whether you post positive or negative materials relates to how others respond to you. Positive updates are related to increased "likes" while negative material results in lower positive feedback.
  • People with social anxiety may receive more positive supportive comments from social networking friends and fewer negative interactions. This social support may play a protective role if you have high levels of social anxiety, leading to greater feelings of well-being.

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A larger meta-analysis of studies about social networking sites and mental illness was conducted between 2005 and 2016. Researchers concluded that the impact of social media use for those with mental illnesses was mixed and that the quality of social media interactions was a key factor.

More research needs to be conducted using real-time data (people reporting on their actual social networking behavior over a period of time). Until then, there are a variety of ways you can ensure your social media usage has a more positive impact on your life.

Tips

Be mindful of the tone of what you share or comment on. Staying positive and open is more likely to encourage others to interact with you than negativity or complaints.

Balance time that you spend online with time spent in real-world connections. Or, use the time that you connect online to plan events in the real world.

Practice mindfulness to become aware of your surroundings to prevent social networking from swallowing up your whole day.

Sign up for meetup groups or join groups with people who have similar interests or hobbies to yours. This can be particularly helpful if you have a very limited social circle in real life and want to use social networking to increase your connections.

Remember that not everything online is 100% accurate. What you see on social networking sites is not necessarily a true representation of the lives of people you know. Some people only share the positive, others may only share the negative—try not to compare or think about what others have that you don't.

Use social media profiles to get to know people ahead of meeting them, when they are on their way to becoming your friend. At the same time, don't obsess or spend too much time doing this, or it may backfire.

Avoid being a passive user of social networking sites. Don't spend hours looking over other people's posts without sharing anything about yourself.

Take advantage of the extra social support you may receive from your friends on social networking sites. Particularly if you have higher levels of social anxiety, this support may help to improve your feelings of well-being.

Moderate your use. Use social networking as a reward for getting other things done in the real world, to prevent yourself from falling into an addictive pattern.

Have a detached relationship with social networking. Recognize its strengths and weaknesses and never rely on it as your only means of communication.

A Word From Verywell

Think about how social mediahas served you so far. Do you feel more connected as a result of your time spent online, or less connected? Make a list of three steps you can take toward positive change.

Your list will be unique to you, but an example might be to only check social networking sites twice per day, to share something positive weekly, and leave a positive comment every other day. Another idea may be to join a group with like interests that have regular meetups in the real world.

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How can I get social media to work with social anxiety? ›

Avoid being a passive user of social networking sites. Don't spend hours looking over other people's posts without sharing anything about yourself. Take advantage of the extra social support you may receive from your friends on social networking sites.

How do I overcome social media anxiety? ›

How To Get Over The Anxiety Of Posting On Social Media
  1. Change Your Perspective. Focus on why you're uploading and what you're using social media for. ...
  2. Upload Often. Like most things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. ...
  3. Forget The Likes. ...
  4. Show Your Friends. ...
  5. Don't Try To Be Something You're Not. ...
  6. Bite The Bullet.
9 May 2020

Is social media good for social anxiety? ›

The overall conclusion is that social media use by those struggling with social anxiety as an alternative to face-to-face communication results in poorer well-being and lower self-confidence if it is not coupled with real time interaction.

Why am I so scared to post on social media? ›

This can be due to a variety of reasons: they are afraid there are stalkers that will come find them, they are afraid they will be catfished, or more commonly, they are afraid their peers will criticize them, screenshot posts, and laugh at them for even trying.

Why do I feel weird about posting on social media? ›

“Today's culture places a lot of value on being liked and this can make people feel anxious about posting as there is uncertainty about what will get a big hit of likes,” explains Omijeh. “Every post is essentially saying, 'I have something to say or share and I want you to like it.

How can I be more comfortable on social media? ›

10 tips for getting comfortable with social media
  1. Tip 1 – Just do it! ...
  2. Tip 2 – Prioritize your networks. ...
  3. Tip 3 – Focus on your core audience. ...
  4. Tip 4 – Interact with your audience. ...
  5. Tip 5 – Share appropriately. ...
  6. Tip 6 – Share the good and the bad. ...
  7. Tip 7 – Use varied content. ...
  8. Tip 8 – Lighten up and have fun.
23 Mar 2016

How do you handle pressure in social media? ›

7 Steps to Handle Social Media Pressure
  1. Understand that there are no perfect lives. ...
  2. Don't compare yourself to others. ...
  3. Avoid scrolling through social media when feeling low. ...
  4. Don't try to be one up on others. ...
  5. Reduce your social media usage. ...
  6. Post only when you have something to post. ...
  7. Consider a social media detox.
13 Nov 2020

How do I overcome social media fatigue? ›

4 ways to combat social media fatigue
  1. It all starts with a declutter. Load up the home screen of your phone and think hard about the number of apps you actually still use on a regular basis. ...
  2. Defining your purpose for social media. ...
  3. Set boundaries with your phone. ...
  4. Focus on going offline.
6 Apr 2020

How can we overcome the effects of social media? ›

  1. 7 Ways To Stop The Negative Effects of Social Media:
  2. Take a Break. ...
  3. Create an Intention or Purpose. ...
  4. Connect with Those That Lift You Up, NOT Put You Down. ...
  5. Change Your Perspective. ...
  6. Keep Your Content Positive. ...
  7. Contribute to the Cause. ...
  8. Remember That You Are In-Charge.
20 Jul 2020

How do I make friends with social anxiety online? ›

How to Make Friends When You Have Social Anxiety
  1. Fight Negative Thinking.
  2. Set Small Goals.
  3. Practice Social Skills.
  4. Meet New People.
  5. Say Yes to Invitations.
  6. Stay in Touch.
  7. Frequently Asked Questions.
10 May 2022

Does social media make anxiety worse? ›

Social media use can affect users' physical health even more directly. Researchers know the connection between the mind and the gut can turn anxiety and depression into nausea, headaches, muscle tension, and tremors.

How many people have anxiety because of social media? ›

The most common negative mental health impact of social media use is anxiety (64%). More than half of social media users who are adversely affected by apps report depression (56%), dissatisfaction with life (52%), fear of missing out (52%), and body image issues (51%).

What causes social media anxiety? ›

A 2018 study suggests that social media use could result in a fear of missing out (FOMO). FOMO could in turn lead you to compare your experiences with others, sometimes creating a sense of inadequacy. This inadequacy may turn into social anxiety symptoms if you feel like you don't “fit in” in certain social situations.

What is social media anxiety disorder? ›

It is characterized by constantly checking what friends/followers are doing so as not to miss out. FoMO has been associated with lower mood and life satisfaction and higher levels of social media engagement which in turn results in increased experiences of FoMO.

What is the best time to post on Instagram? ›

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Brayden Cohen, Hootsuite's Social Marketing and Employee Advocacy Strategist, told us: “Typically, we like to post early in the morning and mid-afternoon. For Instagram, that means we try to post anytime between 8 AM – 12 PM PST or 4-5 PM PST on weekdays.”

How can I be confident enough to post on Instagram? ›

YOU'RE IN CONTROL
  1. BE MINDFUL OF PROFILES YOU'RE EXPOSING YOURSELF TO.
  2. MAKE FRIENDS. 'What if she doesn't reply? ...
  3. USE INSTAGRAM AS A TOOL FOR POSITIVITY. ...
  4. YOU'RE MORE THAN A NUMBER. ...
  5. STOP COMPARING YOUR REAL LIFE TO SOMEBODY ELSE'S HIGHLIGHT REEL. ...
  6. STOP LOOKING FOR VALIDATION THROUGH AN APP. ...
  7. PRACTICE POSING. ...
  8. PLAY DRESS UP!

How do you stop overthinking on Instagram? ›

Stop the addiction. Turn off notifications, and then watch how much you mindlessly, without even knowing it, check or refresh your apps. Create new rituals in the mornings and evenings rather than scrolling social media. Call a friend, do social activities, or do a face mask and don't IG-Story it.

Why do I feel sad after posting on Instagram? ›

Social media posts can also set unrealistic expectations and create feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, the authors wrote. This may explain why Instagram, where personal photos take center stage, received the worst scores for body image and anxiety.

How do I gain confidence to post on social media? ›

How to Be More Confident on Social Media
  1. Create a Profile You're Proud to Show Off. ...
  2. Know Your Mission & What You Stand For. ...
  3. Show Up & Share Your Voice Daily. ...
  4. Spend Time Engaging With Other People. ...
  5. Remember That You Have Value to Add. ...
  6. Take Time Away From Social Media.

Do introverts use social media? ›

Some introverts thrive on social media. They have a platform for sharing their thoughts and feelings, but are able to control the interaction. They can think carefully about what they want to say, and don't feel put on the spot. Other introverts find social media exhausting and hard to keep up with.

What are some items issues in social media that create fears and anxieties? ›

Social media may promote negative experiences such as:
  • Inadequacy about your life or appearance. ...
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO). ...
  • Isolation. ...
  • Depression and anxiety. ...
  • Cyberbullying. ...
  • Self-absorption. ...
  • A fear of missing out (FOMO) can keep you returning to social media over and over again.

How does mental health affect social media? ›

Feeling increased anxiety, depression and/or loneliness. Spending more time on social media than with friends and family. Comparing yourself with others or frequently feeling jealous. Being trolled or cyberbullied online.

What is social media burnout? ›

Social media burnout is defined by chronic mental, physical and/or emotional exhaustion formed from unmanaged, work-related stress. This gradual build up of stress shows up differently depending on the person, but a few common symptoms include: Feeling overwhelmed or empty. Physical manifestations such as fatigue.

How much social media is too much? ›

Social media and mental health

Those who spent more than six hours a day increased their risk by 78%. This also highlights that anything beyond three hours is a strict no-no, because it can shatter your confidence levels and trigger anxiety.

Is it easy for a user to get away from social media if not why? ›

It's easy to get lost online. But Amy Morin, LCSW, tells Parade that many people feel better when they get their time back. “Scrolling for a few minutes here can add up to hours every day,” she says. “But when my clients give up social media, they feel freer and more productive.”

Does social media drain energy? ›

If you find your energy levels sinking when you are on social media, step away from it and give yourself time to recharge. The fast-paced, brain cluttering posts of social media can leave you with introvert drain. Unlike extroverts, introverts are not energised from being in overly stimulating environments.

What are 3 risks of social media? ›

The risks you need to be aware of are:
  • cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
  • invasion of privacy.
  • identity theft.
  • your child seeing offensive images and messages.
  • the presence of strangers who may be there to 'groom' other members.

How do you not let social media affect your self esteem? ›

I've come up with five definitive ways you can stop comparing yourself to others and start embracing your life:
  1. Understand the reality of other people's lives. ...
  2. Stop wasting your energy and time on comparison. ...
  3. Stop bending the truth to others. ...
  4. Embrace your imperfections. ...
  5. Be happy with imperfection.
15 Nov 2013

How can we avoid toxic social media? ›

Ten Tips to Combat Toxic Interactions on Social Media
  1. Delay Your Response. ...
  2. Report Hate Speech. ...
  3. Practice Showing Empathy Instead of Aggression. ...
  4. Do not Get Involved Unless You Have to. ...
  5. Defend People from Bullies. ...
  6. Delete Posts That Could be Misinterpreted. ...
  7. Block and Ban Repeat Offenders. ...
  8. Emphasise the Importance of Context.
5 Aug 2020

What should you not say with social anxiety? ›

What Not to Say to Someone With Social Anxiety
  • Why Are You so Quiet?
  • You Just Need to Think Positive.
  • You Just Need to Face Your Fears.
  • I Know How You Feel; I'm Shy, Too.
  • Why Don't You Have a Drink to Loosen Up?
  • Let Me Order for You.
  • Wow, Your Face Just Turned Really Red.
4 Dec 2020

Do people with social anxiety want to make friends? ›

Making friends is often extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder and to make matters worse, people with this disorder tend to assume that the friendships they do have are not of the highest quality. The problem with this perception, suggests new research from Washington University in St.

What are 5 negative effects of social media? ›

7 Negative Effects of Social Media on People and Users
  • Depression and Anxiety. Do you spend several hours per day browsing through social media? ...
  • Cyberbullying. Image Credit: HighwayStarz/Depositphotos. ...
  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) ...
  • Unrealistic Expectations. ...
  • Negative Body Image. ...
  • Unhealthy Sleep Patterns. ...
  • General Addiction.

Do I have social media anxiety? ›

Spending over six hours a day on social media accounts is enough evidence to conclude you have social media anxiety. The need to share things with others online instead of in person becomes overwhelming. You may feel like something has not happened to you until it has been posted.

What does social media do to your brain? ›

Social media is made to be addictive. Each like or positive comment presents a little hit of dopamine to our brain, thus creating reward pathways in the brain causing you to desire likes, retweets, etc.

How much social media is healthy? ›

Social media harms

A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds in the U.S. found that those who spent more than three hours a day using social media might be at heightened risk for mental health problems.

What are your personal tips on how do you overcome fears and anxieties? ›

Ten ways to fight your fears
  1. Take time out. It's impossible to think clearly when you're flooded with fear or anxiety. ...
  2. Breathe through panic. ...
  3. Face your fears. ...
  4. Imagine the worst. ...
  5. Look at the evidence. ...
  6. Don't try to be perfect. ...
  7. Visualise a happy place. ...
  8. Talk about it.
14 Apr 2021

What is Digital anxiety? ›

Digital stress is stress caused by negative interactions in emails, texts, social media, chat rooms and forums.

How many teens have social anxiety due to social media? ›

According to the report, 97% of participants indicated that they used social media and 47% percent of participants were classed as anxious. The risk is even greater among teens.

How do I overcome social media anxiety? ›

What to do
  1. Remember that your social media post is just one of many. Some aspects of communication are distinctive online, and this might increase social anxiety. ...
  2. Switch your focus of attention. ...
  3. Don't compare yourself with others. ...
  4. Participate more, without overthinking.
23 Dec 2020

Why am I scared to post on social media? ›

This can be due to a variety of reasons: they are afraid there are stalkers that will come find them, they are afraid they will be catfished, or more commonly, they are afraid their peers will criticize them, screenshot posts, and laugh at them for even trying.

How do I network with social anxiety? ›

How to Network When You're feeling Anxious
  1. Know that you are not alone. ...
  2. Take time to understand your anxiety. ...
  3. Make an action plan to deal with your triggers. ...
  4. Start networking on social media. ...
  5. Start small and build it up. ...
  6. Practice makes perfect. ...
  7. Make practical arrangements. ...
  8. Know your intentions for networking.

What time is Instagram most active? ›

Similar to Facebook's other popular app, Instagram's top times to post expanded in 2021 compared to previous years. Midday engagement during weekdays became denser with top times ranging between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., while evenings and weekends still showed increased opportunities for engagement.

How many times should I post on Instagram? ›

How Often to Post on Instagram. It's generally recommended to post at least once per day, and no more than 3 times per day, on Instagram.

What is the best time to post on social media? ›

We analyzed over 30,000 social media posts to see if certain days and times universally get more engagement than others. Here's a quick summary of what we found: The best times to post on social media overall is 10:00 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Does social media make anxiety worse? ›

Social media use can affect users' physical health even more directly. Researchers know the connection between the mind and the gut can turn anxiety and depression into nausea, headaches, muscle tension, and tremors.

What is social media anxiety disorder? ›

It is characterized by constantly checking what friends/followers are doing so as not to miss out. FoMO has been associated with lower mood and life satisfaction and higher levels of social media engagement which in turn results in increased experiences of FoMO.

Does social media lead to more anxiety? ›

Indeed, studies from the USA have found a robust association between intense social media use, fear of missing out and both depression and anxiety. From another angle, online platforms may also have the potential to damage mental wellbeing through promoting unreasonable expectations.

What are some ways to better express ourselves without being too much dependent on social media? ›

Turn off your personal phone during work, as well as during school, meals, and recreational activities. You can also adjust the setting on each social media app so you can turn off certain notifications. Set aside a certain amount of time dedicated to social media per day. Turn on a timer to help keep you accountable.

What percentage of anxiety is caused by social media? ›

The most common negative mental health impact of social media use is anxiety (64%). More than half of social media users who are adversely affected by apps report depression (56%), dissatisfaction with life (52%), fear of missing out (52%), and body image issues (51%).

Why do people get social anxiety? ›

Children who experience teasing, bullying, rejection, ridicule or humiliation may be more prone to social anxiety disorder. In addition, other negative events in life, such as family conflict, trauma or abuse, may be associated with this disorder.

What symptoms may be experienced among frequent social media users? ›

Feeling increased anxiety, depression and/or loneliness. Spending more time on social media than with friends and family. Comparing yourself with others or frequently feeling jealous. Being trolled or cyberbullied online.

What social media does to mental health? ›

A 2019 study suggested that teenagers who use social media for more than 3 hours daily are more likely to experience mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, aggression, and antisocial behavior.

What are 5 negative effects of social media? ›

Social media may promote negative experiences such as:
  • Inadequacy about your life or appearance. ...
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO). ...
  • Isolation. ...
  • Depression and anxiety. ...
  • Cyberbullying. ...
  • Self-absorption. ...
  • A fear of missing out (FOMO) can keep you returning to social media over and over again.

What is a major issue with using social media to diagnose disorders? ›

This can lead to a delay in the correct mental health disorder and a delay in treatment, potentially leading to complications and a worsening state of mind. Social media can worsen undiagnosed mental health disorders and worsen self-esteem and lead people to engage in self-harm behaviors of suicidal thoughts.

How can I represent myself on social media? ›

Show your personality and be approachable. Take photos and attached to your website or Flicker account and link those to posts on Facebook or Twitter. It helps to give a visual of what you are talking about and helps to draws attention to your post. Don't promote too aggressively.

Why is it so hard to quit social media? ›

So, why is it so hard to quit? Our feelings about social media can span a range of emotions. Some may feel it is too political, too negative or too polarizing -- while at the same time see how well it allows for connection and access to information.

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