“Social media is changing the way we interact, share and communicate, however it’s not necessarily improving these aspects of our society.” FACEBOOK CAUSING DEPRESSION Rebecca Savastio 2013 Rebecca Savastio (2013) conducted a study at the University of Michigan. Researchers observed 82 active Facebook members over two weeks. The study showed that an increase in depression was linked to a significant amount of time spent on Facebook. Savastio found that the more time spent on Facebook caused an increase in negativity. Tamara McClintock 2013 Social media challenges relationships because it can convince the user that face-to-face communication is equal to online chatting.
Another key negative effect social media contributes to teenager is depression. In general “Facebook depression”, or just depression, can occur from spending an abundant amount of time analyzing and wishing for someone else’s life/life style. Most people who suffer depression from social media “are at risk for social isolation and sometimes turn to risky Internet sites and blogs for “help” that may promote substance abuse, unsafe sexual practices, or aggressive or self-destructive behaviors” (Ballenger, 399). Altogether it really is simple for people to get depressed while using a social media platform. The majority of Facebook, or any social media site, users use it as a way to express excitement or life changing events, which
One study found that dependence on social media as a stress reliever could be referred to as a social media addiction. This study found that employees in Thailand were frequently utilizing Facebook to cope with work-related stress and avoid problems at work, rather than developing solutions to counteract ongoing work issues (Sriwilai, K.& Charoensukmongkol,P, 2016). Other studies found social media to be especially dangerous for the communication development of children entering young adulthood. One study suggested that parents closely monitor their children’s social media use due to “harmful effects like cyberbullying and sexting (O’Keefe & Clarke-Pearson, 2011).” I wish to explore these differing effects closely in my research
The researchers asked six questions and if you answered often to at least four then it states you could possibly be addicted to Facebook. From recent studies it showed that people used social networking to gain attention and a way to boost their self-esteem. In a 2012 Anxiety survey was conducted and reported that 53% of the social media users had a change in behavior and 51% of them reported the change in behavior for the worse. Those who said their lives had been exacerbated by using social media and also the users feeling less confident when they compared their achievements from friends. Another survey showed that two thirds of participants had difficulty relaxing and sleeping after using social networking sites.
While social media addiction may be great for the owners of the sites, the negatives of social media addiction on the people who use it can cause escapism from reality, failure of personal relationships, and depression. Obviously, people use social media excessively to follow people with millions of followers just to feel bad about themselves. Social media is a... ... middle of paper ... ...55% of youths used social media in 2006. 91% say that they use social media to stay in touch with friends and 49% say to make new friends. In a study done at a college (Barker) 81% of the people surveyed said they use social media to keep in touch with friends they do not see often and 48% use it to keep in touch with family and relatives.
He believes that “By focusing so much of our time and psychic energy on these less meaningful relationships, our most important connections will weaken” (Charon). As time goes by, more and more young people are being introduced to smartphones and getting involved with as many social media accounts that their phone has capacity for and it causes more kids to become antisocial, insecurities form from looking at gruesome and inappropriate posts, making kids minds morph into an image they think society wants. Secondly, the graphics and posts on social media have taken a turn for the worse for the younger generations. We, as a society, have seen and even post some graphic, or derogatory terms that younger generations have been opened up to on social media. Everyday, the younger age group could potentially see photos, videos, and games on their smartphone, that they may not understand is inappropriate but over time they will develop a mindset that what they are seeing is normal and not be affected by it the way anyone should be.
(Merriam Webster, 2013) The most common examples include: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. (Bennet, 2013) Teenagers use social media and networks to find out information, talk to people who live far away, or vent and tell everyone every detail of their life. This dependency on social media has a drastic effect on a teenager’s relationships and can have long term effects on their social capabilities. Studies are showing how many teens find it easier to communicate online than face to face; the teens think being behind the screen makes it easier to connect with one and another. This, in turn, makes deception a more common occurrence on the web.
Facebook is one of the biggest causes in break-ups, the New York Post released that; “ the word Facebook was included in more than a third of divorce filings last year”. Social media sites like Facebook contain too many temptations. Before social media, there weren 't as many temptations a person had to go out of their way and look for it but now it’s just handed. Besides temptations, there’s a lack of respect for relationships and there’s constantly people who try to interfere. The lack of loyalty is what couples fear the most, some studies showed that“the higher the use of Facebook the higher the effect on the relationship and sparks of jealousy”.
Social media also makes people compare themselves to others. In a recent survey “51% [of people] said it was negative behavior” because they couldn’t compare their lives to others (top 10 ways 6). As more teen use social media, there has been a rise of cyberbulling. On a recent study, “95% of teenagers who used social media have witnessed cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims themselves” (top 10 ways 8). There has been a rise of cyberbullying because of the ease it is to target people on the internet without the risk of physical harm done to them.
Whether that feeling of belonging comes from online gaming or meeting new people through social media, it can alleviate feelings of “inadequate social support, interpersonal security, or personal competence” (Ko, 1381). Despite the infinite amount of knowledge and resources to be found on the internet, teens and young adults prefer to use it for the socialization aspect. Shepperd argues that anxiety levels in studied subjects increased when not being able to use the internet for social media but not when one was asked to look up a fact