Berryman, C., Ferguson, C. J., & Negy, C. (2018). Social media use and mental health among young adults. Psychiatric quarterly, 89(2), 307-314.
As part of a correlational study, 467 young individuals were surveyed about their social media habits, the significance of social media in their daily lives, and their frequency of vaguebooking (posting unclear but alarming sounding posts to get attention). We looked at things including decreased empathy, indicators of general poor mental health, suicidal ideation, isolation, and social anxiety. The results of the study did not suggest that frequent social media use was associated with a decline in mental health. However, the fact that vaguebooking was associated with suicidal ideation suggests that this pattern might be an early warning sign of more serious problems. With the probable exception of vaguebooking, this study shows that worries about social media use are unwarranted. The work has undergone rigorous peer review and been found to be credible; the results will be used in future studies. All procedures performed or otherwise involving human participants in studies were done so in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committees that oversaw the studies, as well as any and all applicable revisions to the 1964 Helsinki declaration and/or comparable ethical standards. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of people in authoritative positions who worry about the long-term effects of youth social media use. Some research suggests that there may be a link between excessive time spent on social media and psychological distress. This may lead to a decrease in empathy and an increase in the likelihood of suicidal ideation or behavior among users. Extensive scholarly review has determined that the study can be used in the classroom, and its findings may now guide future studies.
Coyne, S. M., Rogers, A. A., Zurcher, J. D., Stockdale, L., & Booth, M. (2020). Does time spent using social media impact mental health?: An eight year longitudinal study. Computers in Human Behavior, 104, 106160
As part of this evaluation, we will conduct a follow-up research that spans eight years. The aim of this research is to determine if increased stress and depression are linked to greater time spent on social networking sites. In this work, we used an autoregressive latent trajectory model with structured residuals to examine the associations between social media consumption and subjective well-being. This model is helpful for estimating the cross-lagged within-person connection between the variables of interest because it easily separates the between-person and within-person sources of variance in longitudinal data. Consequently, this model is helpful for forecasting the cross-lag correlation between the relevant variables that exists inside a single individual. The results of the study disproved the theory that heavy and prolonged use of social media is detrimental to mental health. We hope that these results will lead to a more in-depth discussion of the correlation between social media and psychological well-being, moving the topic beyond a focus on frequency of use. Instead, we hope that researchers would investigate other potential causes, such as the nature and level of stress experienced by young people who use social media. The proliferation of social media is one such cause. The results of the study, which were published by academics at major universities, have been confirmed by numerous additional specialists in the subject.
Most research on the topic of social media and mental health have just taken a snapshot in time, or are cross-sectional in design, thus they cannot draw any conclusions regarding causality or the direction of change. This is a huge problem in the field right now. To understand why there has been an increase in the number of young people experiencing mental health concerns, the researcher looked at a range of factors, including the context and content that surrounds social media usage.
Orben, A., Tomova, L., & Blakemore, S. J. (2020). The effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 4(8), 634-640.
This method examines research from a wide range of fields to draw conclusions about the long-term effects of adolescent poverty and social isolation. This body of evidence demonstrates the destructive effects of social isolation during adolescence. The article focuses on the feasibility of this happening in Britain. Human studies have shown that throughout these early years, peer acceptance and influence are crucial. The effects of social deprivation and isolation on the developing brains and habits of adolescents have been studied in a variety of animal models. One probable consequence of adolescents’ maturing is a reduced propensity to develop deep friendships among their contemporaries. Young people’s widespread adoption of digital social connection made possible by tools like social media may help to counteract this trend. The results of this study shed light on the impacts of isolation on those whose growth is reliant on contacts with contemporaries, among other things.
In this Perspective, we draw together studies from a variety of disciplines that investigate teenage comprehension of social information, feelings of isolation, and engagement with social media sites driven by technology. Long-term effects of global COVID-19 preventive efforts should take into account, say the authors, the fact that social isolation can have a disproportionately negative influence on adolescents, especially when interaction with peers is limited. Isolation is hazardous to teenagers, so this is something to think about. This attempt was not able to reach its full potential due to limitations imposed by the MRI scanner’s hardware. Neuroimaging studies of the social brain and social cognition have thus far been restricted to the context of online communities and other types of electronic communication.
Barry, C. T., Sidoti, C. L., Briggs, S. M., Reiter, S. R., & Lindsey, R. A. (2017). Adolescent social media use and mental health from adolescent and parent perspectives. Journal of adolescence, 61, 1-11.
Serious mental illness sufferers are increasingly using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to connect with people who understand their experience or to get advice from those who have been there. People can talk to one another and discuss their experiences without revealing their identities. “Peer-to-peer support” is a relatively new word that describes the casual interactions that occur among self-organizing online communities of patients and people dealing with a wide variety of health challenges. We address the potential benefits of online peer-to-peer relationships in helping people with major mental illness lead healthier, more productive lives. The internet provides a platform for such communication. The internet would serve as the medium for these interactions.
Online peer connection has many positive effects for people with severe mental illness. The benefits of joining a support group for those with mental illness include feeling more connected to others, learning from others’ experiences, and gaining insight into how to manage daily challenges. Even those with less severe mental illness report several advantages from interacting with peers online. People with severe mental illnesses may gain strength and hope by participating in online support groups that emphasize individuality and positivity. By talking to their peers online, these people may learn how to make important healthcare decisions, which may encourage them to get help for their mental health issues.
This work has been reviewed by other professors, therefore it is suitable for use in the classroom and can inform future research. The potential of online networks to spread material for mental health education or support, or to improve access to evidence-based therapies among at-risk individuals, has not received enough attention, despite the rising body of data supporting these uses.
De Choudhury, M., Kiciman, E., Dredze, M., Coppersmith, G., & Kumar, M. (2016, May). Discovering shifts to suicidal ideation from mental health content in social media. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 2098-2110).
The purpose of this research was to examine whether or not adolescents’ self-reported levels of psychological and social well-being were correlated with the amount of time they spent on social media. The purpose of this research was to examine whether or not adolescents’ increased usage of social media was related to any shifts in their emotional or social health. Incorporating adolescent and parent reports of adolescent social media use, as well as a number of measures of mental health and adjustment in a community sample of 14–17 year olds, the current study contributed to the growing body of literature on the consequences of adolescent social media activity. Therefore, this study’s findings contributed to the existing body of knowledge about the effects of adolescents’ usage of social media. All the parents and teens in this sample agreed that their kids spend an inordinate amount of time each day on social media. While two-thirds of the sample indicated daily use, one-third said they visited less than once a day. The study’s findings have more weight because they were compiled by academics with substantial prior experience in the sector. In contrast, all of the study participants were teenagers at the time.