- 1 How social media affects mental health statistics?
- 2 What percentage of depression is caused by social media?
- 3 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 4 Why social media is bad for your mental health?
- 5 Is Facebook linked to depression?
- 6 Does social media make you lonely?
- 7 What percent of teens are depressed?
- 8 What are the top 5 downsides of social media to your mental health?
- 9 What are the disadvantages of mental health?
- 10 How does social media affect mental health in youth?
- 11 What does social media do to your brain?
- 12 How social media makes my life better worse?
- 13 Why social media is bad for teens?
Spending more than 3 hours on social media per day puts adolescents at a higher risk for mental health problems. 13% of kids ages 12-17 report depression and 32% report anxiety. 25% of 18 to 25-year-olds report mental illness. These age groups report high usage of social media.
In several recent studies, teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially (from 13 to 66 percent ) higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time.
Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health
- Pro – Increases communication and raising awareness.
- Con – Promotion of fake news.
- Pro – Can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- Con – Can also increase feelings of loneliness.
- Pro – Normalises help seeking behaviour.
- Con – Can promote anti-social behaviour.
When people look online and see they’re excluded from an activity, it can affect thoughts and feelings, and can affect them physically. A 2018 British study tied social media use to decreased, disrupted, and delayed sleep, which is associated with depression, memory loss, and poor academic performance.
A study he published last year found that young adults who increased their social media usage over a period of time were also found to be significantly more likely to become depressed over that same time period. “There is an association between the two,” Primack says.
Evidence from past literature has associated heavy social media use with increased loneliness. This may be because online spaces are often oriented to performance, status, exaggerating favourable qualities (such as by posting only “happy” content and likes), and frowning on expressions of loneliness.
What percent of teens are depressed?
Teen depression is a common problem. Approximately 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. Depression increases a teen’s risk for attempting suicide by 12 times.
Social media may promote negative experiences such as:
- Inadequacy about your life or appearance.
- Fear of missing out (FOMO).
- Depression and anxiety.
- A fear of missing out (FOMO) can keep you returning to social media over and over again.
What are the disadvantages of mental health?
- Unhappiness and decreased enjoyment of life.
- Family conflicts.
- Relationship difficulties.
- Social isolation.
- Problems with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
- Missed work or school, or other problems related to work or school.
- Legal and financial problems.
- Poverty and homelessness.
The participants who spent the most time on social media had 2.6 times the risk. Results from a separate study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine showed that the more time young adults spent on social media, the more likely they were to have problems sleeping and report symptoms of depression.
Social media has the ability to both capture and scatter your attention. Not only does this lead to poorer cognitive performance, but it shrinks parts of the brain associated with maintaining attention.
Making You Feel Connected According to the Pew Research Center, the vast majority of teens say social media keeps them better informed about their friends’ lives and feelings. Furthermore, teens with access to a smartphone are more likely to report feeling better connected to their friends.
Social media harms However, social media use can also negatively affect teens, distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives and peer pressure. The risks might be related to how much social media teens use.