Social Media's Impact On Mental Health

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Social Networking Sites (SNS) are most popularly used today on the Internet. SNS such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are one of the most common social interactive sites used by adolescents. Connecting with friends, expressing oneself, and scrolling through personal profiles has never been easier before. Depending how SNS are used, it can play a huge role in the daily lives of many. According to Hugues (2015), SNS have been used to cope with loneliness and depression, boost self-esteem and well-being, and gain social status. Hugues studied the correlation between the total time spent on SNS and “unmet need for mental health support, poor self-rated mental health, and reports of psychological distress and suicidal ideation.” (Hugues, …show more content…

When they were not asked to view their profile their physiological arousal wasn’t as significant. This shows the way SNS can have a different impact on mental health other than causing depression or loneliness. For example, using Facebook for a long period of time in one sitting and passively operating the website lead to an increase in SAD symptoms as demonstrated in a Shaw et al. research study (2015). In other words, using Facebook in a manner of only looking at profiles, pictures, statuses and comments without interacting with users was greatly associated with an increase in SAD symptoms. It was also found that individuals with SAD and the way they way use SNS to interact was associated with lower life quality and depression. Although Social Media may have a negative impact on mental health from variety of individuals it is also important to think about the effects it can have on different groups of people such as sexual minority. Individuals who belong to this group type may use SNS differently than heterosexual minority. Interactions, profiles, and preference of social sites all differ between both groups. A large percentage of sexual and hetero minorities tend to use sites to develop their identity and communicate with friends and family, whereas a small percentage used sites for identity exploration as noted in a Ceglarek and Ward study (2016). According to

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