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The Effects of Social Media on Mental Health

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Business Administration>Communication & Media




Hausarbeit/ Term Paper: Social media consumption and mental health: Social media networks are interactive media platforms where users can post and share personal content (text, images, videos) with other users, and then they can use messages, comments, and discussion threads (and other methods) ) To interact) to interact with each other. Therefore, social media users become content creators and content consumers on the same platform. There are many social media sites and platforms on the Internet today, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn is considered the top player based on the amount of user activity they generate. Social media networks have become a booming industry and are expected to attract approximately 2.77 billion users worldwide (Statistica, 2018). Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube allow individuals to express themselves by publishing various digital media content while interacting with other users. Different from other traditional media communication forms, social media activities rely heavily on this interaction between users and, in turn, are also unintentionally affected by it (Berryman, Chloe & Ferguson, Christopher & Negy, Charles, 2017, p. 01 ). With the exponential growth of social media networks in the past few decades, researchers have expressed concern about the potential adverse effects of users' excessive indulge in online or digital lives-can online social interactions change the way people communicate with each other in reality? world? Will creating an online character that is completely different from a person's true personality lead to a mental disorder, and this disorder can lead to more serious psychological problems in the long term? Does excessive exposure to an endless stream of information, good or bad, make people lose sensitivity to the qualities that made us human in the first place? This article aims to solve some of these problems by evaluating previous research in the field. 4. Main issues Many studies have shown that there seems to be a link between excessive use of social media and mental problems, including anxiety, depression, depersonalization, social isolation, destruction of mental risk/reward system, desensitization to clear materials, paranoia, and hypocrisy Self-respect (Amelia, 2014, pages 04-07). According to Amelia (2014, p.04), this correlation may be more common among young people and may reshape the way they interact with others in the real world in the future. It may also have a negative impact on their personality and mental health, and in the process negatively change their perception of social acceptance. We will now evaluate some of the key issues raised by the authors in this study. 4.1 Social media and depression The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines depression as “a severe mood disorder. In DSM-V, those with depression will continue to feel sad and desperate, and feel Lost interest in favorite activities. Ahmad, Nasir and Hussain, Sajjad and Munir, Nargis, 2018, p. 80; Amelia, 2014, p. 05). Research shows that people who use social media sites for a long time every day are more likely to feel Loneliness, unhappiness, and stress (Aalbers, George & McNally, Richard & Heeren, Alexandre & de Wit, Sanne & Fried, Eiko, 2018, p.18. In addition, research has found that young people who rely excessively on social media for social interaction may be Involuntarily develop social symptoms such as unrealistic expectations and isolation seeking behavior, which may lead to interaction in the real world. We also learned that young people who spend too much time on social networking sites are more likely to give up real life Events such as physical interactions with peers can further enhance the sense of isolation and loneliness. 4.2 Social media and anxiety Elevated. People with anxiety disorders often have recurring intrusive thoughts or worries. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness, or fast heartbeat.” (American Psychiatric Association, DSM-V, 2013). Studies have shown that social media interaction can cause or exacerbate various anxiety symptoms in most age groups, especially young people. The causes of anxiety may vary for many reasons, including Inability to access social media accounts at a certain time, instead of receiving the expected amount of social media interaction, feeling the social pressure of competing with other people’s content, and worrying about what to post next (Dobrean, Anca and Păsărelu, Costina-Ruxandra , 2016, p. 13-15). 2015, p.13) pointed out that one of the most common causes of anxiety is the feeling of disconnection that some social media users experience after not logging in to their account after a period of time -This feeling is informally referred to as social media users’ fear of missing out (FOMO). This tendency can be defined as obsessive-compulsive disorder, that is, the urge to perform a certain thought or action without any current stimuli, if not Following this obsessive-compulsive disorder can lead to increased anxiety. Read Less