The verdict is still out on whether social media is damaging to the mental health of teens. This is in part due to the lack of research. Some studies show that online connections with small groups of people can be beneficial to teens, while other research points to a rise in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Plus, no long-term studies have been completed. One study out of the University of Pittsburgh, for example, found a correlation between time spent scrolling through social media apps and negative body image feedback.
When it comes to cyber bullying, statistics show most cases are taking place on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. In characters or less, teens can make hurtful and emotionally scarring comments about fellow schoolmates on Twitter. On Facebook, the messenger app makes it easy for kids to send cruel messages back and forth, create groups where teens can gang up on one another. On Snapchat, known for sending easy-to-delete photos, teens can pass around inappropriate photos of classmates or hurtful images that can fall under various forms of bullying harassment. While bullying statistics show overall bullying rates continue to decline in the United States, social media has made it easier than ever for teens to participate in this ugly trend. However, with social media sites, there are methods of recourse.
This is sorrowful. Is this what we want to teach our younger generation? This should be immediately banned! No explicit content in any manner should be allowed on social media.
While usage among young adults started to leveled off as early as , since then there has been a surge in usership among those 65 and older. The reasons for this increase in social media usage aren't well spelled out today, but in a previous report Pew noted the following factors figuring into the popularity of social media among older adults. Here were 3 of the top factors:. Experts say there are risks associate with the popularity of social media too.