AUTHOR Matt Haig has made some valid criticisms of the effects social media can have on our mental health.

While there are many wonderful things about being able to connect with others around the world like never before, it is not just children’s safety that is at risk when it comes to Facebook and Twitter.

The images many people project on social media often do not reflect their actual looks. Of course they cannot be blamed for this, as we all want to play up our best side, but this often leaves many people feeling they are inadequate.

With mental health a bigger issue than ever before, it is no wonder that so many people are left feeling down, and worse, after hours spent aimlessly scrolling.

The constant bombardment of information and adverts that we receive whenever we log onto our apps can be overwhelming for our brains, so it is always important to take time away from social media when we can.

As Mr Haig pointed out, the never-ending stream of advertisements, coupled with airbrushed pictures, mean many social media users never feel happy with what they have, which can seriously affect their mindsets.

Checking out Facebook may seem like a good way to pass the time, but its addictive nature means we are likely spending more time than we should on it.

A walk in the park or a challenging activity, whether mental or physical, will always be more beneficial than looking at your feed.

And you will feel much better afterwards, without your brain fried.

l Read our interview with Brighton author Matt Haig on page 14.