When asked, how does social media make YOU feel? These are what real teens responded
Don’t tell me that you think that these two graphs don’t have any connection.
Social media has dramatically changed the way we communicate, socialize, and make and maintain friendships. Today, we, teenagers, spend the majority of our time with w screen at our fingertips. While there are benefits to having everything we need always accessible, social media has created a clear path to creating unrealistic comparisons, cyberbullying and feeling left out. Connecting through certain social media platforms such as snapchat, twitter, Facebook and Instagram spark harsh judgments and comparisons between peers or even strangers.
There was a study published online in Computers in Human Behavior on December 10, 2016, that found that the use of multiple social media platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults than just time spent online. The study conducted a national survey of 1,787 young adults that asked about their use of 11 popular social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, and LinkedIn. Those who used the most platforms (7-11) were more than 3 times likely at risk of depression and anxiety than those who used the least (0-2) platforms.
Using many different platforms ends up in multitasking; switching between different applications and logging on to different social media platforms on different devices. Multitasking is related to poorer attention, cognition and mood.
More than 80% of the participants have experienced at least one negative event on facebook, 60% have 4 or more.
70% of users said that Instagram made them feel worse about body image. 66% said Facebook made cyberbullying worse.
Several studies since 2010 have provided evidence that more frequent social media usage can be associated with depression, or at least depression-like symptoms.
Another study looked at the amount of time spent on social media and found that the more hours spent a day the more hopeless, worthless, and helpless users felt.
The problem that I hoped to address was the rise of depression along with the rise of social media amongst teenagers. I am certain that this is a real and worthwhile problem to invest in because social media is becoming more and more popular in the world of communication- through images, texting, advertisements, etc. and a majority of teenagers have at least one social media account of their own. I believe that social media is not going anywhere and is in fact still growing so it is important to understand how to prevent this growth to also increase the number of teens suffering from depression because of how social media is influencing them in one way or another. A change that I would like to see is to see social media being used in more responsible ways and spend less time on the sites. I hope that the statistics begin to decrease rather than continue to incline as the amount of teens on social media increases as well. I’m asking you: Think about why you are logging on to your social media account. How will this affect my mental health? Are my actions/posts online going to affect someone else in a negative way? Take a moment to think and reflect.
People want to show off to the world when posting online, so they will only post their best moments: being at social events, attending concerts and reaching milestones are some of the things that we like to publish on our social media accounts. Even though we all have our problems, or at least just a bad hair day… we don’t like to post the negative events of our lives online. When we scroll through our newsfeed, it’s easy for us to think that all of our friends and classmates are perfect and begin to start comparing ourselves to them. #ifimnotdepressedonsocialmediaimnotdepressed
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