They say one’s social environment could very well affect their health! True or false? Well, our social life can be good for our health and mental well-being. However, it can also affect us negatively. Take this for instance, if you frequently go out drinking, eat unhealthy or take unnecessary risks – your overall health would be much more at stake than that of someone who doesn’t participate in such activities, right?

Contrary to that, if you stay home and not socialize, eliminate alcohol and all unhealthy drinks –what happens to your overall health? Keep reading…

Health experts say the key to remaining healthy is to drink less alcohol, eat less fatty foods and take risks in moderation. If you don’t, your health (mental and physical) will generally start to deteriorate… probably sooner rather than later. That’s not to say you can’t have fun with your friends but how much fun you have determines your health and mental well-being.

So what would be the most common social issues that can affect one’s health? In my view, the following play a significant role:

#1 Love life

A big part of one’s social environment is dating. Almost everyone has the desire to meet that one special person who they can spend the rest of their life with. Due to the ever-growing popularity of social media, it’s easier to meet people than ever before… even if you’re a bit introverted.

With marriages sometimes people can feel pressured to have that ring on their finger by a certain age. Have a family by a certain age. This pressure on its own can negatively impact one’s health.

Dating can also have a major impact, health-wise, in the event of accidents like an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. Just remembering all those things our parents warned us about before barking on any type of physical relationship. Yes they were right, it’s not difficult to stay safe!

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#2 Social Media

Social media plays a big role in this scenario. For many people, it’s just plain addictive. A lot of people spend most of their time on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Studies have shown in the US only, at least 63% of people login to Facebook at least once a day. About 40% of that number of users check their account several times a day. The fact that social media often times glamorizes life makes it harder for some people to “just say no” and be active in moderation.

Studies have also shown that many diehard social media users have wider mood swings and are unhappier than users who don’t participate as frequently. Interesting huh?

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#3 Comparison Issues

For some individuals, their social environment leads to comparison issues, which can negatively affect their health. As a mum I know sometimes parents can compare kids – there’s definitely nothing wrong with that but when one is constantly around people who’re talking about theirs/kids’ most recent accomplishments, and bragging a little it can easily lead you to start comparing yourself adding pressure. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

 

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Sound right?

Unfortunately, some people feel pressured into doing things that their friends do, just to remain “part of the crowd.” On the other hand, if you enjoy your friends or doing some of these things they do, you may want to ensure you balance and slow down on those that make you uncomfortable or feel down in the end. It’s never too late to take steps to improve your health. Remember, it won’t make you a social outcast. It’ll make you a healthier person and a more cautious friend. What could be better than that?

Do you agree with any of the above? Does your social environment affect your health in some way? Would love to hear your comments and experiences.

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38 thoughts on “3 Social Environmental Factors That Can Negatively Affect Your Health

  1. I definitely agree with all of these! I also think that number 2 and 3 are closely linked. It can be very hard to not compare yourselves to others when you have the whole world (who, at least on the surface social media level, seem super impressive) at your fingertips and can compare your life to people’s from all over the globe!

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    • I couldn’t agree more collegeceliackc! We can find ourselves comparing with people far away and sometimes what we see isn’t necessarily what it’s like in real life. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. I agree with these factors for affecting health! I’m trying to do less social media but that’s difficult with a blog but at least we can support instead of compare with others in that community. Social media can make life seem perfect for others and we feel less as a result.

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    • Totally @mindyvoet. We want social media but in moderation. And the grass is not always as green as we might think or see on other people’s profiles. Comparison for encouragement is good, but when it starts to make one feel less adequate then it’s time to review.

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  3. This is so true. Especially number 2! Being constantly connected to social media and and your phone is just a recipe for multiple mood swings. It’s best to reevaluate your environments and every now and then to determine if they are a good fit for you. Thanks for this!

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    • Hi @deliphinemignon, getting into a happy relationship is definitely a positive. It’s only a negative if you compare yourself with others or get into any relationship coz you’re desperate.

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  4. Social media is such a factor for mental health issues, I think. It’s so easy to compare yourself to other people on there or get frustrated because it looks like everyone else is having a much better time at life than you are. We need to remember that everyone probably feels the same way, and to take a step away from social media when those thoughts kick in!

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    • Oooh, I totally agree with you. Everytime I’ve left my phone or switched it off for some time I’ve had a really good time either reflecting on things or just relaxing…. Honestly, where are the days when it wasn’t such an achievement leaving a phone or being off social media? Lol.

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  5. Social is a major source of envy and constant comparison. I’ve had two of my friends quit because they don’t feel good about themselves compared to the people on their Facebook. I also unfollowed some people because I envied them. It took me long to realize I need to focus on myself.

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    • Totally Nolusindiso. If you see it’s making you feel a certain way it’s best to unplug. I know a number of people who did and they’re doing fine in life. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  6. Very interesting. I was at a party on the weekend a lady told me that she was experimenting with her weight loss. She was tracking her weight along side her eating and her social habits. And she concluded (now I realize she’s just a sample group of one) that on the days that she spent time with friends, she actually lost a pound of two, which totally supports how your social interactions impact your health.

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