- 1 How much does social media affect mental health?
- 2 What percentage of depression is caused by social media?
- 3 Why social media is bad for your mental health?
- 4 What does social media do to your brain?
- 5 What percent of teens are depressed?
- 6 Is Facebook linked to depression?
- 7 What actually causes depression?
- 8 Why social media is bad for teens?
- 9 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 10 How does Instagram affect mental health?
- 11 What are 3 risks of social media?
- 12 Does social media give you dopamine?
- 13 Does social media affect the developing brain?
However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. Social media may promote negative experiences such as: Inadequacy about your life or appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What actually causes depression?
Research suggests that depression doesn’t spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. Rather, there are many possible causes of depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems.
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.
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.
How does Instagram affect mental health?
Instagram was found to have the most negative overall effect on young people’s mental health. The popular photo sharing app negatively impacts body image and sleep, increases bullying and “FOMO” (fear of missing out), and leads to greater feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
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.
Social media provides an endless amount of immediate rewards in the form of attention from others for relatively minimal effort. When a person posts a picture they may receive positive social feedback, which stimulates the brain to release dopamine, rewarding that behavior and perpetuating the social media habit.
Positive Aspects of Social Media Social media may also serve as an outlet for creativity, which is crucial during times of social isolation when young people aren’t able to express themselves in a physical classroom space. In this way, social media may even benefit the developing brain, rather than stifling it.