Is Social Media Creating Mental Health Problems?

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Is Social Media Creating Mental Health Problems?

Ally Hannan, Staff Writer

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Social media use has risen to epic proportions in the past decade, and it seems that everyone is glued to their phones. Social media use is more popular among younger crowds, but teenagers have become more depressed, anxious, and self-conscious. On average, young people who have reported being on their phones five to seven hours a day are twice as likely to be depressed as someone who reports only one to two hours. Scientists have researched the links of social media to one’s mental health, and they have found that a decline in mental health has become more noticeable among girls than boys. 

One reason girls are more susceptible to the negative effects of social media is because girls are on social media more. Young adults brains are still vulnerable and developing, causing this harmful trend among them. Many argue that phones are not the culprit to mental health problems rising among teenagers. Over the years, rap lyrics, video games, and television have all had an influence on teens. On the other hand, celebrities have used social media as a platform to make people aware of the importance of mental health. Influencers share their own stories hoping to encourage those reading to reach out and receive help.

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