essays on how social media has effects on our mental health
An important role we can all partake, especially as nurses, is educating ourselves about signs of mental health distress, cyberbullying, and risk for suicide as a way to aid in this new epidemic in the youth population. We may not be able to stop cyberbullying or prevent this population from using the internet, but providing support to those experiencing the effects of social media and creating a safe environment for them to come to for help and guidance is a great way to prevent youth from advancing to something like suicide. They need to know that it is safe for them to report any signs of altered mental health and safe to report cyber bullies as well. Most importantly, awareness is the key to helping this population.
Daily time consumption through social media is also on the rise going from an average of 96 minutes back in 2012 to 118 minutes in 2016 (Statista, 2014). With the ever growing number of individuals on social media and the daily time spent on it, we question the mental health effects it has on its users.
Many of us use social media as a “security blanket”. Whenever we’re in a social situation and feel anxious, awkward, or lonely, we turn to our phones and log on to social media. Of course, interacting with social media only denies you the face-to-face interaction that can help to ease anxiety.
If you’re spending an excessive amount of time on social media and feelings of sadness, dissatisfaction, frustration, or loneliness are impacting your life, it may be time to re-examine your online habits and find a healthier balance.
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We have entered into the world of technology where we carry computers in our pockets and at the tips of our fingers. The majority of young adults have at least one social media account; today, we call this “staying connected”. Data from Pew Research Center, a numbers, facts, and trends on internet and technology database, reports that in 2018 over 80% of young adults use social media on a daily basis, not to mention, several times a day. Social media is becoming a problem in over use, just like anything else this is considered addiction. Addiction to social media has not only provided research topics for many psychologists but also a great concern from older generations including friends and family. This addiction is a result from operant conditioning. This theory was introduced by B. F. Skinner and is defined as a method of learning that occured through rewards and punishments for behavior. This can be directly related to the positive feedback and reactions given through social media. We are able to connect and follow friends, models, and people we admire which in turn leads us to a constant use of social media. In 2012, Facebook Addiction Scale was designed by Cecilie Andreassen to determine the rate of addiction to Facebook in young adults. Andreassen as well as many other authors fromUniversity of Bergen created a questionnaire that included this Addiction scale, Tendency scales, and an online sociability scale.
Read more: Pete Dunlap explores three strategies to become more aware of your own browsing behavior and to pull yourself out of the social entertainment tunnel.
Read more: By telling the powerful journey of one of her clients, psychotherapist and meditation teacher Dorothy Ratusny emphasises the damaging effects of lacking self-love in children all through adulthood.
Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study that provided a potential explanation for addiction to Facebook “fame.”
On average, Americans spent 7.6 hours a month using social media, with the majority of individuals accessing social networking sites through cell phones.