Social media is increasingly becoming more and more popular in our society today. We use social media in our personal and work lives and have all been impacted both negatively and positively from using it. Although Facebook and Instagram can be tempting to browse through at all hours of the day, we are ultimately in control of the impact social media has on our life and mood. With the usage increasing by the minute, it is important to be aware of how you use social media and what your purpose is for every piece of content you share or engage in.
Studies show there is definitely a reason to worry about young people in regard to social media and the affect it has on their mood. This piece discusses the results of a survey conducted on how social media platforms impacted young people health and wellbeing showing that Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram have all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness.
Led by Dr. Fabon Dzogang, researches conducted the most extensive study of its kind to date using a dataset of over 800 million Twitter messages to research and evaluate how collective moods change over the course of 24 hours and across the seasons. The tweets were analyzed for both negative and positive works and the impact on key words had on moods.
In this TED talk, Adam Alter talks about why our screens are making us less happy. He breaks down the increase in use of "screens" over the last 15 years and discusses how much of our personal time, in fact, most of it is used with some kind of screen involved activity. He suggests if you stop people and ask them how they feel good using the below, they do not feel good using these but use these platforms three times more than the platforms that make them feel good.
Facebook is the worlds' most popular social media platform. After multiple conducted studies, it was conducted that Facebook leads to a deterioration of mood and leaves users ultimately feeling that they have not done anything meaningful. This article discusses the studies and variables used to explore the hypothesis that Facebook negatively affects people's emotional state.
A survey was conducted and the results revealed that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image and loneliness. This video is included in the article including tips to keep teens safe while using social media and reduce the amount of possible negative impact.
Not all social media use is negative! The negative and/or positive comes from how we choose to use social media and the role it plays in our lives. After all, we are the one's who CHOOSE to indulge in our favorite media platforms. This piece of content concludes that at the end of the day, we are in control of how media impacts our lives
This study shows results after conducting research at a private school on the relationship between depressive moods and social media use. Depression is a front runner in a mood that many people show signs of when overusing social media.
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