HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Could you forgo social media for an entire month because it could be putting your mental health in jeopardy?
The Royal Society of Public Health in the United Kingdom is encouraging people to participate in the first ever 'Scroll Free September,' a campaign in which people give up all social networks for the month. The society says getting young people to reduce their social media use is as important to public health as campaigns designed to curb smoking and drinking.
Previous research has found that social media use is linked to increased feelings of anxiety and depression, poor sleep habits and trouble with body image.
Licensed professional counselor Ayesha Lakhani discusses the effects of social media use with Isiah Carey.