Social media considerably changed the way we socialize, communicate, and make and manage friendships. As there are advantages living in a digital world, there are also risks. Today’s generation of different age groups majorly miss out condemnatory social skills development because of spending the majority of their free time connected to friends and interacting with groups through a screen.Chances of getting lost in a world of unrealistic comparisons, cyberbullying, and feeling left out are much higher than expected.On some popular social media sites, you may see the profiles of people who seem to have better lives than you, have more money than you, have more likes than you, have more followers than you.
Research manifests an increase in major melancholy chapters from 8.75% in 2005 to 11.31% in 2014 in adolescents and around 8.81% to 9.62% in young adults. According to analytics the increase was practically massive and excessively in the age range between 12 to 20 years.In several recent studies, Adolescents and adult users who spent their most time on these social media platforms were shown to have a substantially higher (from 14 percent to 68 percent) reported rate of depression than those who spent the least time. Distinctly depression is on the rise amongst the teenaged, the major question that we have to more concentrate is how much does technology and social media contribute to it?
It’s not undisclosed that connecting via Instagram, texting and Facebook can include harsh judgments, comparisons and differentiations. It’s pretty much easier to make statements on a screen that would otherwise be difficult to verbalize face to face and in real world. And fragmentry shorthand conversations can easily result in misunderstandings and misinterpretations. It doesn’t help that digital communication occurs at a consistant pace, one that is difficult to process at times.
A report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK surveyed 1533 peoples under the age groups between 14 to 24, to determine the consequences of social media use on issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and body image. Their research results manifested that YouTube had the most positive impact, whereas Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter all comparatively had negative and adverse effects on mental health.The research left us with a clarity that cases of depression have been on the frequent rise alongside the growth of social media, and the more an individual engages with social media, the higher are the chances of having mood disorders. Still the data doesn’t yet show us is whether increased social media use causes depression, or whether depressed people tend to use social media excessively. In order to get the answers of these questions, more industrious research must be done to control for this difference. Despite, if increased social media usage does indeed cause psychological problems, the question will remain whether the responsibility for the rapid increase in cases of depression from social media among teenagers lies with the users or with the social media companies themselves.
While these sort of results might make you permanently delete all social media apps and ban your teen from any digital communication, avoidance isn’t the answer. Teenagers use social media to seek friendship and support, connect, and even ask for help at times. A better bet is to understand the need of your teen for using social media, stay connected to them and know what to look for if your teen shows unexplained emotional changes.