- 1 Why is social media bad for mental health?
- 2 How social media affects mental health?
- 3 How does social media affect mental health in youth?
- 4 What are 3 risks of social media?
- 5 What does social media do to your brain?
- 6 How social media affects mental health pros and cons?
- 7 What is the bad effect of social media?
- 8 What percent of depression is caused by social media?
- 9 What percentage of teens have depression?
- 10 Why social media is bad for kids?
- 11 How does social media negatively affect youth?
- 12 What is the safest social media for 12 year olds?
- 13 Is social media a threat?
- 14 How can you stay safe on social media?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. When you’re playing a game or accomplishing a task, you seek to do it as well as you can.
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.
What percentage of teens have depression?
About 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. Between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time. Only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for it.
They’re changing childhood. They increase anxiety and depression. They interfere with sleep. They can expose kids to sexual content.
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.
And it offers a list of some recommended social network sites for kids:
- WhatsWhat.me (2011) Age7+
- Yoursphere (2009) Age 9+
- Franktown Rocks (2009) Age 10+
- GiantHello (2010) Age 10+
- GirlSense (2009) Age 10+
- Sweety High (2010) Age 11+
- Imbee (2011) Age 10+
- YourCause (2009) Age 13+
Links from untrusted or unsolicited social media accounts, profiles, and messages can be boobytrapped to deliver malware to your devices. As such, malware poses a serious threat that homes, businesses (of all sizes), and individuals.
Here are our top 10 tips to stay safe on social media:
- Use a strong password.
- Use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
- Set up your security answers.
- If you have social media apps on your phone, be sure to password protect your device.
- Be selective with friend requests.
- Click links with caution.