Digitalization has to become a dominating element globally, and to our surprise, more than half of the world’s population is using the internet in different forms. While some use it on laptops or desktops, many use it on their mobile phones.
As of October 2020, about 4.66 billion or 59 percent of the population were active internet users. We are certain the number will shoot up by a large margin this year.
Having a smartphone is becoming a mandatory rule as the fashion of smart devices and tablets is speeding up. As we talk about social media statistics, mental health is a maze for young adults or teenage kids who cannot raise their lid for a second.
About 45 percent or more are actively using social media with maximum screen time. Many reports suggest that too much dependence on social media affects mental health.
Let’s get to the point and look into the frightening social media and mental health statistics.
Social Media Statistics
- About 96 percent of the adult-aged population uses a smartphone, while the rest have any kind of mobiles.
- More than 500 million stories are uploaded on Instagram on a daily basis globally.
- A survey claimed that 97 percent of teenagers aging between 13 years to 17 years have at least one social media account.
- On average, users spend three to four hours per day on social media channels and messaging applications.
- More than 210 million people suffer from social media and internet addiction globally.
- About 71 percent of Americans keep their phones next to them while sleeping.
- Ninety percent of drivers accept they use social media while driving the vehicles.
- About 45 percent of people use social media instead of sleeping during the night and often checking their phones.
- About 35 percent of social media users find difficulty in sleeping due to over usage of screens.
- On average, 90 percent of U.S. youth are active on social media channels.
- UAE tops the chart of active social media population with 99 percent of people using social platforms.
- About 51 percent of people log in to social networks more often than they did two years ago.
- About 89 percent of students felt phantom vibrations when they were craving to receive notifications.
- YouTube has 2 billion active users on a monthly basis, Snapchat has 210 million daily active users, and Twitter has 330 million daily active users.
- About 52 percent of U.S. adults get their news on social media than newspapers.
- About 37 percent of social media users feel unpleasant if they cannot go online to check social media messages.
- About 58 percent of social media users don’t go an hour without using their phone.
- About three-quarters of the globe will be accessing the internet from their smartphones by 2025.
- A study says single and young females are more social media addicted than any.
- Every second, a new Facebook profile is created.
- About 69 percent of millennia’s fear of having FOMO due to social media addiction.
- About 56 percent of users are afraid to miss out on status posts, event posts, and others if they don’t visit social networks.
- About 27 percent of people use social media right away after they wake up.
- Facebook is the major contributor of FOMO by 72 percent, Instagram by 14 percent, Twitter by 11 percent, and Pinterest by 8 percent.
Mental Health Statistics
- The rate of major depression in a year has grown by 63 percent in adults aged 18 to 25.
- About 38 percent, which is one in three adults, believe social media is doing major harm to society.
- Out of all the population active on the internet, only 5 percent of the population consider it a positive place to be.
- About 25 percent of teenagers have had a negative impact due to social media usage.
- About 1 in 5 individuals (51.5 million) claim to have mental illness in the U.S.
- About 10 percent of teenagers reported being bullied on social media and receiving offensive comments.
- On average, four in ten Americans have faced online harassment.
- Teenagers who face cyberbully have claimed they faced problems like social fear, mental health issues, and behavior problems.
- Adolescents who spend five hours or more on social media are likely to show depressive symptoms 2x times faster than others.
- Lowering screen time by 30 minutes will ease anxiety, sleep problems, depression, and fear of missing out.
- About 94 percent of participants in a survey felt disturbed when they didn’t have their mobile phones, and 70 percent panicked when they felt it’s missing or lost.
- About 63 percent of Instagram users feel miserable mentally.
- About 43 percent of teenagers get depressed when they get a few likes on social media posts.
- Excessive use of social networks results in poor mental health, such as low self-esteem.
- About half of the mental disorders begin at the age of 14.
- Social media has impacted mental health and caused depression in 32 percent of users.
- On average, one out of five U.S. adults will be having a serious mental health condition at any given year.
Social media is bliss if used in a balanced proportion; else, it can sabotage human health much adversely than we can imagine. These numbers show how excessively we are using social media networks and eventually troubling our very own selves. Social media marketing can help in connecting people, give business opportunities, add entertainment, and much more. However, it must be used in a balanced manner.