essays on social media use and anxiety
One issue heavily linked to the internet and social media is online bullying; over half of teenagers have been bullied online and half of these individuals have had this occur to them on more than one occasion (Bullyingstatistics, 2015). Around 20 percent of these young people experience cyberbullying regularly, which is no surprise considering 81% of these teens believe that bullying online is easier to get away with than it is doing in person (Bullyingstatistics, 2015). To make matters more complicated only one out of ten victims will ever inform an adult about their abuse (Bullyingstatistics, 2015). The effects of online bullying is rather unfortunate; victims of bullying are two to eight times more likely to consider committing suicide.
Apart from direct online bullying, social media was linked to experiencing negative mental health outcomes even with seemingly non harmful usage. Studies showed a less moment to moment happiness and less satisfaction in life (Kross, 2013). It also showed that any comparison made regardless of whether its looking up to or looking down on someone resulted in the individual feeling worse than before they started. There was also a connection made between envy and depression in facebook use and depressive symptoms (Steers, 2014). Social media appears to be a breeding ground for negative feelings regardless of how we feel prior to being on it. Analysis showed that people who reported usage of more than seven platforms had a three times more risk of having depression and anxiety compared to those two had a maximum of two platforms (Zagorski, 2017). In addition, we saw an increase in major depressive episodes from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014 amongst the younger population (Lin, 2016). It’s not to say that the internet is the sole reason for this increase in depression, however research proves that it may be a major contributing factor especially since social media has integrated itself as a major part of people’s daily lives. This makes us question what we can do to stop the detrimental effects social media has on individuals.
The adolescent and teen years have always been a challenging time. Peer pressure, insecurity and hormones are just some of the issues facing those in these age groups. But does social media exacerbate these problems?
But, perhaps the most shocking revelation came from Sean Parker, former president of Facebook, in an interview with Axios. Referring to Facebook, Parker said, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
enjoy their time online with social media, but there are hidden dangers with hateful and sexual content. Social media can also harbor ways of teens making bad choices. The real world and the online world contains many strangers, and dishonest dangers for teens. Social media use should be limited for teens due to unsafe content, increased anxiety and depression, along with dishonest individuals and other dangers. One reason that teens should have restraints for social media is that it contains risky
Social Media is Deterrent to the Progression to Humanity Social media is a term used to depict the connection between groups or people in which they create, share, and here and there trade thoughts over the internet and in virtual groups. The impact of social networks on youngsters is huge. Social media have increased astonishing overall development and prominence which has prompted to drawing in consideration from assortment of researchers comprehensively. In spite of the fact that with time all
Social media is an alarming source for anxiety and loneliness. According to Psychology Today, “social media such as Facebook and Twitter are a significant contributor to the friendship networks of young people, so whether you perceive yourself to be a successful user of social media is likely to have an impact on feelings of loneliness, anxiety, paranoia, and mental health generally”. The emotional implications of social media give a clear example on society’s change in perception when it comes to friendship. Obtaining friendships through virtual means no matter how real or deep, is an artificial substitute to personal interaction. The number of “likes” and “friends” on various social media platforms devolves our natural proclivities of making connections into an egotistical popularity contest. Here lies the flaw in the connecting and communicating via social media. Social media has changed the meaning of friendship. Instead of the traditional virtues of mutual respect and affection, for many it means a tally mark or contributor to a person’s “success” on these various sites. The emptiness and lack of affection that lies in the this new definition of self worth can lead to an endless cycle of loneliness, anxiety, and the insatiable thirst search for connections.
The fluidity of apps such as Facebook and Instagram allowed people of various backgrounds and ideologies the ability to exchange knowledge, information, and ideas on an international level. Social media is defined as applications and websites that give users the ability to share content. In fact, Statista estimates that in 2021, the number of worldwide social media users will increase to an astonishing 3.02 billion. Given the ubiquitous proliferation of handheld devices, the ease of internet access and inevitable overuse poses significant challenges to young internet surfers. In addition, excessive social media use significantly affects brain development and increases anxiety and loneliness. Functions such as understanding and processing information to executive functions are severely altered. Moreover, the virtual relationships formed on social media, unfortunately, have been shown to lead to anxiety and depression.
“Facebook depression”  is a term introduced in a report of the American Academy of Pediatrics to describe the impact of social media on youths’ mental health, according to which depression arises as a consequence of youths spending a large amount of time on social media . When it comes to mechanisms explaining why the use of online social networking sites is associated with negative mental health outcomes, one study shows that negative comparison on Facebook is related with adolescents’ life satisfaction ; negative comparison on Facebook predicts life satisfaction, but the opposite relationship is also significant.
Submitted: April 11th 2016 Reviewed: August 11th 2016 Published: December 7th 2016