Social media has become the norm of the 21st century. No one individual can escape the world of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and tens of other social platforms. We do get to hear a lot of advantages that tag along. It helps us to connect with people, keeps us more socially active and finally is a good way to fight off boredom. However, what is often missed in the discussion is the dark side of social media.
Research studies have been carried out all over the world to find out the potential associated risks. Unfortunately, the results do not really yield a very positive outcome and there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about.
According to one such study, social media may be propelling depression among people particularly the young age group. More and more youth find themselves engulfed in the problem of developing suicidal traits.
Why that is the case would be clear later. Needless to say, it is about time we save our upcoming generation from the social media menace.
Social Media and Mental Health
The research study was carried out by psychologists associated with San Diego State University. They wanted to investigate the relationship between depression in teens and the number of hours spent on social media. Their initial hypothesis was that there remains a strong relationship between the two. More and more parents are complaining about the excessive use of social media by their children. Which in one way or the other had a detrimental effect on the children mental health.
For the purpose of their research, scientists examined the behaviour of 200,000 young people lying in the age group between 12 and 17. The study also investigated teens that were above 18 for more comprehensive results.
The participants spent a considerable number of hours on social media. On average, the time spent lied somewhere between 6 to 8 hours. Although scientists believe, that there are numerous cases where the young age group exceeded that limit.
Once the study concluded, the results were documented and subsequently raise an alarming situation. It was revealed that the participants had developed symptoms of mental condition particularly depression. About 15% of the young age group also had suicidal tendencies. On the other hand, participants also suffered from complications like lack of sleep, loss in appetite etc.
The research study should ring a bell in most ears. Particularly, because a lot of us, unknowingly, tend to spend a lot of time on social media. An overexposure to fake news, sensationalism that circulates around social media has a number of detrimental effects. One of them as the study as highlighted includes depression that is known to rise among teenagers.
Before the problem multiplies further, it is time that we start acknowledging the intensity of the problem. That is to say, it is the need of the hour that we cut down the number of hours we spend swiping up and down on social media websites. Parents should make it a point to keep a thorough check on their children. Screen time should be reduced and academic time should be increased!