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Mental Health and Social Media

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Darius Moore

on 6 May 2014

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Transcript of Mental Health and Social Media

Staying Connected
Digital technology has increased connectivity exponentially in the modern age
Facebook has been the most significant player in connecting people around the world
Research performed to prove that social network usage has caused issues of mental health including, but not limited to, depression, loneliness, and
Case Study conducted by University of Michigan to reveal the relationship between Facebook and life satisfaction
Depression and Loneliness
Increased loneliness and dissatisfaction leads to depression
Contrasting Points of View
Social Media can help improve life satisfaction, memory retention, stroke recovery, and overall quality of life
"Contagion effect"
Improves relationships
Those who are uncomfortable in social situations feel more at ease over social media
Mental Health and Social Media
Video- "The Innovation Of Loneliness"
People use social media to "avoid the mess of human interactions" (Marche, 2012).
Facebook can make superficial connections
Result: Causes more loneliness
"In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are" (Marche, 2012).
Friend: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard; a person who gives assistance and support
Friends talk about personal struggles, etc.
A survey was conducted asking people how comfortable they felt discussing personal matters as such in 1985 and the mid 2000’s.
Brings a large amount of people together Ex. Middle Eastern revolutions
German Case Study
357 people in study
Majority college students
Asked how felt after using Facebook
Families could stay connected more that live in different states or countries
Social media could also hurt families
Study of 169 people in 73 households, the effects of social involvement and psychological well-being were monitored during the first one to two years of being online.
Mental Health
Being “connected” through social media
Less face to face time
Anxiety, depression, quality of life
Eating Disorders
"Stalking" people on Facebook
237 girls participated in a research study which measured peer competition felt by teenage girls, using a test which evaluated feelings of inferiority
Peer competition is a large factor in the development of eating disorders (Ferguson et al., 2014).
Social media provides a focus on appearance
Study at University of Denver said the the more a person tries to appear happy, the less happy they really are (Marche, 2012).
Facebook and other social networking sites are still great resources!
Use in moderation will decrease issues of mental health
Pick up some maracas!
S.J. K, Micaela L, Nicky K, Darius M
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