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Healthcare and Employee Benefits - July newsletter

Social media and the negative impact on mental health

There were more than 57 million active social media users in the United Kingdom in February 2022 which translated to a social media penetration rate of 84.3 percent of the population. *

In 2021, UK online audiences spent approximately 108 minutes per day on social media and research suggests people who limit their time on social media tend to be happier than those who don’t.

Employers need to be aware of the negative impact social media can have on their employees and their mental health. Helpful advice includes being selective about who you follow, not comparing yourself to others and limiting the time you spend on social media.

Studies indicate that social media may trigger an array of negative emotions in users that contribute to or worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem in users.

Crucially, social media is a public space, and everything posted on it could become permanent even when users try to delete their photos or posts.

While there are positives about using social media, employees need to be aware that it can be:

  • Dangerously addictive
  • Can affect productivity
  • Can impact privacy at the workplace
  • Can affect feelings of well-being

W Denis Employee Benefits can provide guidance and solutions for employee wellbeing. Speak to us today on how we can help your business deliver a strong and positive health & wellbeing strategy.  For more details, please contact


*UK: social media usage 2021 | Statista

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