Social media has taken the world by storm. In fact, 70% of the population has at least 1 social media account.

Social networking sites allow us to connect with just about anyone, including our family, friends, co-workers or even random strangers. It’s one of the best ways to keep in the loop of with people we know. We usually go to these sites because almost everyone we know is there. After all, these sites were created for the sole purpose of promoting communication. The problem is that some people don’t know how to disconnect.

One study shows that about 65% of Americans log on to their social media accounts on a daily basis, 40% of which stay active online throughout the day and night. This is especially true with teens. The phenomenon called FOMO or Fear of Missing Out keeps them glued to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every waking moment.

It may seem like social media does a great job of bringing people together, but the truth is that it creates social isolation. The more we focus on virtual interaction, the less likely are we to interact with other people on a personal level. This can lead to anxiety, depression and a host of other mental and emotional problems.

We all like to talk about things that interest us or talk about ourselves. Social media has brought out this side in many people. You probably have friends who would detail every single aspect of their lives, and even take a picture of every food they eat. Some would post about all the exotic destinations they’ve been travelling to; while others would brag about how their boyfriend is the most romantic ever.

With all these things flooding your newsfeed, it can be easy to compare yourself to others. While a quick check on your Facebook newsfeed can significantly boost your self-esteem, spending too much time can hamper your self esteem. The more time you spend online, the more likely are you to criticize yourself.

Don’t get me wrong. I honestly think social media is amazing. But too much of it creates addictive qualities that are not healthy. Exercise caution in social media use. It may be affecting your mental health more than you know.