Impact Of Social Media On Mental Health

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More people nowadays are often resorting to social media as a way to communicate and cope about personal experiences of mental health such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr (Segreto 2018). Social media can help shape our understandings of the world around us, and at times, it can distort reality. Media platforms can positively impact our understandings of mental health and those who suffer from it, that include feeling a sense of community and sharing similar interests as others on a sensitive topic (Segreto 2018). In the article, “#timetotalk: Is social media helping people talk about mental health?”, many popular Youtubers, such as Rebecca Brown and Laura Lejeune, comment on their experiences of mental health on a new social media platform intended to feature videos and discussion boards relating to personal experiences of mental disorders. On the other hand, social media can have a darker side that includes stigmatizing targeted groups (Segreto 2018). In this paper, I attempt to address how society perceives mental health through social media platforms and its power to impact public perception. For this paper, my research question asks, ‘What impact does social media have towards the perceptions of mental health?’ Often times, people overlook insightful information on mental health through social media, as it may be sensitive in nature or that they already have prior knowledge on the matter. In addition, people often experience stigma within society about
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