essays on social media use and mental health issues
With over 2.34 billion users worldwide, social media has readily become a massive platform for a variety of uses such as advertising, entertainment, and communication (Statista, 2018). The number of users is expected to continue to grow to 2.95 billion within the next two years (Statista, 2018). It is reported that North America is the densest with social media usage climbing over a 66 percent and over 80 percent of teenagers use a cell phone on a regular basis (Statista, 2014).
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.
Statistics show that teens spend nearly 9 hours a day on social media websites, which is more than one-third of their day (Tsukayama). Social media, among teenagers and young adults, is quite popular. It is used on many different platforms and in so many ways which allows high schoolers to be constantly attached. Over the past decade, with the emergence of social media, the amount of time these websites consume from individuals has become greater and greater. Parents who have grown up in a different
was sent. This was the beginning of social media. Social media is a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other contents. Social media sites are like fads where people eventually stop using them and move on to the next one. This essay will be about the effects of social media on the mental health of the main users of social media. The age group that uses social media the most is 12-17 but the majority of
Los Angles Times 2011, ‘Too much Facebook time may be unhealthy for kids’, 6 August, p. 1, viewed 14 September 2013, via th September 2013, th September 2013, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-0054.x.
Although there are many negative effects caused by teenagers using Facebook as their number one form of communication, there are many positive reinforcement’s Facebook brings to teenagers lives; such as allowing them to connect with friends and meet new people. It allows their self-esteem to be raised and helps promote individuality. Research has shown that teenagers who are connected through Facebook with friends from school help each other with their assignments and give advice to each other on how to complete complicated work and difficult assignment questions. Proven data has shown that this has helped make youths more intelligent as they feel more comfortable communicating with peers their own age than asking for assistance of teachers (O’Keefee & Pearson, 2011).
“We’re giving you this so we know when to pick you up after school,” they told me. “Don’t get too carried away!”
We spend less time taking part in outdoor activities and more time sitting at our desks. We meet up with fewer people in person and interact with more people through social media. How have these changes affected our mental health? How has technology both positively and negatively affected our well being?
A report done by Mehdizadeh presents a study done at York University, 100 students gave a self-esteem and personality self-report. The results concluded that the students with lower self-esteem were also more active in self-promoting content on social media. Although, a study conducted by Gonzales and Hancock gathered a group of students and provided them with a few different settings that include a mirror, their facebook profile, and and a control setting. The results show that their most positive self esteem was related to their facebook profile. This controversy may be related to the timely use of social media. The constant use of media daily, constant self evaluation, competition, and comparisons is related closer to lower self-esteem, jealousy, and depression.
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