As the technology era change over time, the social media becomes an important part of our life. We use social media to connect with friends and family, also to found out the latest news or fashion trends. Especially after the great success of Facebook, many other social media follow along such as Snapchat and Instagram. Numerous young age children gradually sink into the virtual world of Social Media. According to the Pew Research Center survey, that majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram. We see social media as a great way to communicate and socialize, but most of us did not realize that social media “secretly” link to the Depression. Depression is a common mood disorder that affects the way we think and feel. One of the characteristics of depression is low self-esteem, and it can easily come from the unrealistic body figure comparisons and harsh judgments from the social media. According to a 2017 study by The Royal Society of Public Health indicted Snapchat and Instagram were the two to inspire feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in the age group between fifteen to twenty-five. Seven out the ten said Instagram made them feel worse about body image and half of the age group in between fourteen to twenty-four reported Instagram and Facebook exacerbated the feeling of anxiety. Two-thirds said Facebook made cyber-bullying worse. As result, we know most the young adults are receiving negative
In recent discussions of smartphones, a controversial issue has been how the excessive use of smartphones are affecting the adolescents of this generation. Jean M. Twenge argues in her article, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” that the redundant use of these gadgets along with social media use is in fact detrimental to the current and upcoming generations. My experience using Snapchat, Instagram, and other applications on my smartphone supports Twenge’s stance because the excessive use of these applications has caused me to feel melancholic. According to Twenge, “Psychologically, however, they (iGens) are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.
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.
Forty million people a day view Instagram stories, 79% of teenagers use Snapchat once a day, and 51% use it at least eleven times a day. In fact, teenagers use on average five screens a day (Patel, “10 Tips”). The use of social media makes teenagers happier and cures their boredom after school. However, problems arise when young people find all their satisfaction on social media. All this time spent on social media and whether you get enough “likes” could result in a bad outcome and cause poor health.
In her essay, “I Had a Nice Time with you Tonight, on the app,” Jenna Wortham believes that social media apps are a helpful way to connect. Wortham swears by apps and is grateful that she can communicate with her boyfriend who is three thousand miles away. Yet some may challenge the view that Social Media apps are a reliable and effective method of communicating, Sherry Turkle stresses people are substituting online communication for face-to-face interaction. Although Turkle may only seem of concern to only a small group of people, it should in fact concern anyone who cares about the negative effects social media can have on people. In her eyes, nothing can replace person-to-person communication.
Some of the negative results of the increasing use of social media are a greater change of friend groups and acquaintances, increased awareness of the livelihood of our fellow peers, and more exposure to the world around us. With all these results, it is easy to see why young adults continue to become distant and flexible later on in their lives than those of previous generations. One of the most prominent consequences of the continued use of social media is the increase in average age of
What social media is doing to teens Social media is a very dangerous place that makes teens feel insecure. Teens spend more than one-third of their day on social media looking at stereotypical images of “perfect” bodies and people. As a result, they become insecure about themselves because they are not like the people in the pictures. The media states that a perfect person is skinny, tan, has shiny hair, straight teeth, and completely clear skin. However, because teens are going through a lot of physical changes they do not usually look like social media 's definition of perfect and they become insecure.
The main points is: Humans have feeling; Humans have thinking; Humans have social media. Nancy Clark, who wrote for American Fitness, states that “comparing yourself to your friends, and friends of friends, on social media can easily put you in a bad mood, harboring negative thoughts about your body.” It is a quite evident why people go to social media, not all, but many. Many would never admit how social media really affects them mentally and emotionally. The risk factors of social media vs body image are frequently overlooked, npt by a variety of authors writing for International Journal Of Eating Disorders, they constructed and experiment to test out the effects of social media on, specifically, young girls; “Results showed that girls who regularly shared images on social media, relative to those who did not, reported significantly higher overvaluation of shape and weight, body dissatisfaction, dietary restraint, and internalization of the thin
In today’s world, social networks are the principal source of worldwide communication and they are an essential part of the society that we live in. In fact, according an article from the website Social Media Today, “In social networks, there are over 2.206 Billion active users, more than 30% of the global population” (“10 Amazing Social Media Growth Stats from 2015.”) There are a number of reasons as to why people choose one social network over another, or indeed have more than one account. The two major players in the world of social media are Instagram and Snapchat. Both have different features unique to its platform, but the two platforms also have a number of things in common.
This paper analyzes the effects technology has on mental health. When overused, without face to face communication, one may experience anxiety and stress. A study from the American Phycology Association states that most teenagers use social media, teenagers are especially vulnerable to these effects because technology surrounds them in their day lives. When using social networking, or technology in general, while maintaining face to face socialization one can also sustain their health. How Social Media and Technology Affects Mental Health Add to your intro.
Today our society is more concerned in face book friends where people don’t interact face to face. Social Media has a great impact on business also but only if it is planned strategically otherwise it can be a big failure. It is estimated that 80 percent of teen are Internet users. So, it is no doubt our real world social lives are seeing some changes. Social media is the driver behind that connection.
Young Adults And The Emerging Trend Of Depression In Instagram According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a “common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act” (“What is Depression”). Depression is known to be more prominent in young adults, especially with the increasing use of social media, such as Instagram. Many extrinsic and intrinsic factors that contribute to how we, as humans, feel, think, and act, but most importantly social and psychological factors that are leading to depression. Social factors such as loneliness, parasocial relationships, and validation.
Children’s lives have quickly shifted onto the Internet in the twenty-first century. Even the President of the United States has nearly forty thousand Twitter and Instagram posts. Social networks are websites that allow users to interact over the Internet. There are 600 million Facebook users across the globe (Rosenwald 2). 300 million visit Twitter every month (Maney 3).
On Facebook, you can be as mean as you want” (Hoffman, 2010). Abuse has only increased since the rise of electronic platforms, allowing more opportunities to bully over the Internet. Claim: Cyber bullying is a nationwide problem, nearly “68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem” (Cyberbullying). We need to address this serious problem and shed some light on the victims and, more importantly, stop the perpetrators.
We are constantly scrolling through the virtual lives of other people and whether we realise it or not we are often comparing our lives to those that fill op our social media feed. We upload things about ourselves online mostly for others to view and we then rely on the network of people online to accept or reject our content. With social media we are constantly comparing ourselves to others, it becomes an unconscious action. Not only on what you post on social media and how many likes your post can get but also by what you are exposed to, mindlessly
Youth today are very inclined in using social media. Most of the students tend to believe that social media helps them a lot in terms of learning, studying, researching and finding information. Students can be easily influenced. Due to their curiosity, they want to explore or try what is new and trending to be able to fit into the society. They are able to easily adapt everything that they see around them.