As the use of technology, video games, and social media expands in our increasingly technologically based world, there have been clear psychological effects. Relatively, social media is new, however, psychological impacts are already being seen and pointed out. Social media and technology use has been connected to a variety of mental health disorders, such as social anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and others. These mental health issues can have serious effects on youth and their development, which is why it is so important for social media to be used in a positive way to prevent the formation of these severe disorders.
WHY SOCIAL MEDIA?
The reach of social media is wide because of its popular use among all ages and locations. This specific issue is in regards to teenagers, however, mental health is influenced by the media regardless of how old people are. Social media and its influence is not only a local problem but also a global issue considering its boundless use. Every act of kindness is influential on social media platforms, no matter how big or small. This unfortunately is also the case with negative acts, which is why it is so important to keep all words of hatred off social media as much as possible.
Because of this pressing issue, I decided a viable response would be to create a social media page dedicated to spreading positive messages on media platforms. These positive messages are meant for anyone who may be struggling and in need of support, no matter the amount. Although the page is very small now, the hope is that it will continue to grow, and reach a greater audience to have an even larger impact! This response has the capability to become very influential because the potential audience is extremely large. Since it is on Instagram, it not only can be shared with the people in my local community but my message can be spread to people all across the world due to the accessibility to the public. Because of this widespread capability, not only teenagers can be influenced but all people active on these platforms can be as well. (Check it out if interested! ; ) ) So far, the feedback on this page has been extremely helpful, and you will have the opportunity to interact as well later on! (Can’t wait to hear your ideas and advice!!)
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK/TYPE:
Imagine you spilled coffee on your carpet. Do you think if you tried you would be able to get all the coffee back in the mug? You may be able to get a few drops back, but by the time it hits the carpet, it’s far too late. Now, you may think this has no connection to social media and mental health, but it does. When someone posts something and another person sees it (whether negative or positive), it is impossible to get someone to erase that image from their mind. The words you speak can’t jump back into your mouth, just like your mug cant soak up the coffee stain from your carpet. Remember, thinking before you speak may make a bigger difference than you think!
MAKE AN IMPACT
Your voice matters! Below are two simple ways that you can make a difference.
Whether it be on instagram, snapchat, twitter, or any other media platform, your voice matters. My hope is that after exploring my project and response, everyone can try to be more mindful of what they are putting on the internet. Remember that your words are influential, so always try to use them for the better!
Below, use the button to join the padlet discussion! I can’t wait to hear all of your ideas! : )
I would love your feedback on my project! Feel free to leave me a comment or start a discussion below! If you have an idea or a personal story you would like to share, I would love to hear it. Again, thank you for interacting with my page, and below you can find my resources consulted and cited. <3