Social media is one of the most problematic types of digital media on the internet. This is because it’s strongly linked to depression, anxiety and even suicide. In fact, most people who use the internet will have an issue with it at one time or another.
One reason is because many websites use algorithms designed to hook users into overuse.
With more than 3 billion people on social media worldwide, learning healthy habits is crucial.
Some of the topics covered in the articles linked on this page are:
Whether the relationship between social media and depression is correlation or causation.
What’s driving your use of sites like Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram
Why young people are at risk when they overuse these platforms
How heavy Instagram and Facebook use may be negatively affecting kids
Which content leads users to engage in more social comparison
How to minimize the negative health effects of overuse
How these sites feed our drive to make social comparisons
How social comparison can lead some people to feel envy which can result in increased levels of anxiety and depression
How digital media overuse is a risk factor for engaging in negative social comparison.
How rates of depression, anxiety and suicidality among teens and young adults have dramatically increased in the last decade.
Warning signs on Facebook or other platforms.
What depression or suicidal ideation looks like on social media.
Plus, insights and advice on how to deal with common challenges you might incur in your family
Part 2 of a therapist training series on true digital natives. The first people in history born into an established, online, social structure. They are now coming of age and the rituals and unspoken social rules around family, friendship, and dating are changing in their wake.
For #DigCitWeek, imagine what it’s like to online date at 15, or even 13. It’s the reality for many true digital natives, i.e. those born w/in 5 years of the iPhone. If we want to provide real support to them, we must understand the digital social … structure they inherited from us