Media In Social Media

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“Social media is changing the way we interact, share and communicate, however it’s not necessarily improving these aspects of our society.”


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.

“Occasional bad moods or acting out is to be expected, but depression is something different. Depression can destroy the very essence of a teenager’s personality, causing an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair, or anger.”

This negative result of Facebook becomes an issue because it triggers unhealthy responses. Teens handle depression by shutting down from parents, eliminating friends, or hanging out with a new crowd. Isolation becomes a negative outcome that depressed teens experience.

David B. Merril, MD 2012

Depression is a serious issue. Approximately 1 in 5 teens experience depression at some point in their life. Some symptoms linked to depression include the following: feelings of sadness or unhappiness, withdrawal from fun activities, or trouble concentrating on a task. These feelings often become the main focus in the child’s life. Depression in a child may increase due to low self-esteem, learning disabilities, or lack of social interaction.


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...increase their intake of coffee or tea to aid in staying awake. This way they can achieve more in one day, including social media distractions.

The overuse of Facebook negatively effects mental and physical health. Adolescence often become lethargic and unmotivated to communicate with others in person. It is important for parents to monitor their child’s internet use. They should determine an appropriate amount of time the child is allowed to be on the internet. Peers and teachers should inform the child of the negative effects of social media and the importance of real relationships.

Sass 2012 “…social media is actually the source of mental health issues. It’s equally plausible that people already suffering from low self-esteem and depression are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time on social networks, for example simply out of boredom.”
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