Is Social Media Responsible For The Increase Of Mental Health Issues Among Young People?

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Is social media responsible for the increase in mental health issues in young people? For the majority of my generation social media is an integral part of our lives. Since the invention of the smart phone we have only ever been a few clicks away from our friends and endless information. However, how is this affecting our mental health? On the one hand it can be argued that it is enhancing our communication skills yet studies have suggested that offline behaviours such as bullying are becoming more and more prevalent online. With the dawn of social media also came cyberbullying. Unlike verbal and physical bullies, cyberbullies have the power of anonymity and omnipresence, which in some cases can allow them to be untouchable. One only has to look on Facebook for five minutes to come across abusive apps such as ‘Truths about you ‘ which are available to any and every user of Facebook. Hinduja and Patchin et al (2010) conducted a study which assessed peer harassment, bullying and suicidal thoughts. Hinduja and Patchin et al (2010) used a survey of 2000 middle school students to assess whether suicide is caused directly or indirectly by cyberbullying. Results showed victims of cyberbullying, physical bullying and emotional bullying scored equally highly on a scale of suicidal thoughts. From this we can conclude that cyberbullying is just as detrimental to mental wellbeing as any other form of bullying. However, a weakness of this study is that its methodology was surveying.

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