Influence of Social Environment on Individuals and Their Health



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Most of us may not be aware of the fact that our social environment could very well be negatively affecting our health. If you are a person who frequently prefers going out for drinking, eating unhealthy meals, your overall health is much more at stake than that of someone who doesn’t participate in these activities.

This doesn’t mean that socialising harms your health or that you should never have fun with your friends. On the contrary, socialising in a healthy and positive way surely improves your health. Having fun with your friends or dining out occasionally gives your mind a much needed refreshment and makes it more positive. A positive state of mind certainly influences your physical health positively. But, the key is do everything in moderation.


Influence of Social Environment on Individuals and their Health

Comparison Issues

Some people have to face comparison issues from their social environment, which may have huge negative impacts on their mind and thereby affect their overall health. Almost everyone with a healthy mind wants to be successful. But when people around you brags a little or starts comparing yourself to others and their accomplishments, it leads to anxiety, depression and other such problems.



The Role of Social Media

Social media plays a big role in this scenario. For many people, it’s just plain addiction. A recent study indicates that sixty-three percent of Americans login to Facebook at least once a day. Forty percent of those users check their account several times a day. The fact that social media often glamorizes certain unhealthy practices makes it harder for some people to “just say no”.

It’s also interesting to note that many addicted social media users have wider mood swings and are unhappier than users who don’t participate as frequently.

It’s also interesting to note that many addicted social media users have wider mood swings and are unhappier than users who don’t participate as frequently.

Believe it or not, this addiction is so common that researchers have created the “Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale.” This scale uses six types of criteria to measure an individual’s level of addiction. Answering “yes” to 4 out of 6 of the criteria questions indicates a problem.

Unfortunately, some people feel pressured into doing things that their friends do, just to remain “part of the crowd.” Don’t let the same thing happen to you. If you enjoy doing any of these things, you may want to think about slowing down.

It’s never too late to take steps to avoid doing things that negatively influence your physical and mental health. Remember, it won’t make you a social outcast, rather, it make you a happier, healthier person and a more cautious friend.

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