Not each younger particular person is making financial institution by going viral on TikTok. Fairly the opposite: For many Gen Zers and millennials, social media apps like TikTok and Instagram exacerbate their monetary anxiousness. So finds Deloitte’s twelfth annual 2023 Gen Z and Millennial survey, which fielded responses from over 22,000 Gen Z and millennial respondents in 44 nations. Fifty-one % of Gen Zers and 43% of millennials mentioned that social media makes them need to purchase issues they know they’ll’t afford.

That might stem from recurrently seeing posts from buddies or influencers flaunting fancy garments and holidays, in addition to focused advertisements, says Michele Parmelee, Deloitte’s world individuals and objective chief. “In these methods, social media can generate the will to have extra issues and spend more cash,” she tells Fortune.

Sadly for younger professionals, extravagant purchases have by no means been farther out of attain. Respondents overwhelmingly advised Deloitte that the excessive price of residing is their prime societal concern—rightly so contemplating that they’re each coping with true inflation for the primary time of their lives and the looming prospect of creating scholar mortgage funds once more (or for the primary time ever). Half of Gen Zers and millennials every say they dwell paycheck to paycheck. 

Some are so pressured about cash that they’re taking up second jobs to make ends meet and suspending main life choices like shopping for property or beginning a household. Of their place, they’re adopting extra spendthrifty habits, like shopping for issues second-hand or eschewing automotive possession.

Social media isn’t serving to issues. There’s no scarcity of proof that social media can wreak havoc on the psychological well being of its customers of all ages—not simply teenagers and younger adults. Final July, a Bankrate examine discovered that just about two-thirds of social media customers who made impulse purchases after scrolling got here to remorse it. 

These purchases, typically stemming from intelligent advertisements or sponsored content material from widespread creators, “can typically hurt our funds greater than profit our lives,” Bankrate.com analyst Sarah Foster advised Fortune.

That’s a double-edged sword: Social media utilization and subsequent purchasing hurts customers’ wallets and their egos. Social media customers usually tend to really feel negatively about their monetary scenario than every other side of their lives, Bankrate discovered. They chalk that up largely to the comparability recreation: Many Gen Zers and millennials mentioned they’ve felt unhealthy about their very own funds after seeing one other particular person’s social media publish. 

Spending a whole lot of time on-line doesn’t assist—one in 5 (20%) Gen Zs spend 5 hours or extra a day on video social media platforms alone, Deloitte discovered, whereas 17% of millennials spend 5 hours or extra a day on conventional social networking websites. They consider that is having a combined influence on their lives, Parmelee mentioned.

“Lengthy periods of scrolling, swiping, and tapping make our mind try and ship neurochemical alerts of demotivation and failure,” Brittany Harker Martin, an affiliate professor of management, coverage & governance on the College of Calgary wrote for Fortune earlier this month.

Suffice it to say, you may be higher off—each financially and emotionally—deleting your account.