- 1 How can social media negatively affect teenagers mental health?
- 2 How does social media affect mental health in a good way?
- 3 How does social media negatively affect youth?
- 4 How social media affects your brain?
- 5 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 6 What are some positive effects of social media?
- 7 What are the cons of social media?
- 8 How social media is harmful for students?
- 9 What is the biggest problem with social media?
- 10 How does social media affect mental health in youth?
- 11 What are 3 risks of social media?
- 12 How does social media affect personality?
- 13 Why social media is destroying your life?
A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked 14-24 year olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and wellbeing. The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness.
Strong social connections of any kind can ease symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. They can boost self-esteem and self-worth, and of course, decrease feelings of loneliness.
Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use and depression, anxiety, sleep problems, eating concerns, and suicide risk.
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.
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.
Some of the benefits of social media are:
- Having a platform to showcase technological savvy and creativity.
- Increased self-confidence by empowering introverts to express their ideas.
- The ability to create lifelong friends.
- Strengthening social awareness and empathy.
10 Disadvantages of Social Networking
- Lacks Emotional Connection.
- Gives People a License to be Hurtful.
- Decreases Face-to-Face Communication Skills.
- Conveys Inauthentic Expression of Feelings.
- Diminishes Understanding and Thoughtfulness.
- Causes Face-to-Face Interactions to Feel Disconnected.
- Facilitates Laziness.
Too much passive use of social media – just browsing posts – can be unhealthy and has been linked to feelings of envy, inadequacy and less satisfaction with life. Studies have even suggested that it can lead to ADHD symptoms, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation.
The more time spent on social media can lead to cyberbullying, social anxiety, depression, and exposure to content that is not age appropriate. Social Media is addicting.
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.
The risks you need to be aware of are:
- cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
- invasion of privacy.
- identity theft.
- your child seeing offensive images and messages.
- the presence of strangers who may be there to ‘groom’ other members.
FACTOR2: INCREASING DEPRESSING AND ANXIETY:- It has been found that increasing use of social media also leads to depression, anxiety, and stress in adolescents. A number of studies have found a correlation between heavy use of FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and emotional distress.
In How Social Media is Ruining Your Life, Katherine explodes our social-media-addled ideas about body image, money, relationships, motherhood, careers, politics and more, and gives readers the tools they need to control their own online lives, rather than being controlled by them.