PSA: The Hazards of Social Media

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PSA: The Hazards of Social Media

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Makayla Parker, Social Media Editor

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According to researchers [at?], it has been proven that social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, seem to cause teens to develop depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.  Due to how much time teens put into their phones nowadays, they become more closed off as a person, meaning that they are more likely not to open up to people, become anti-social in real life, and/or become depressed.

When we go on social media, we’re always seeing pictures or posts about how other people are doing so well, and when we see that, we tend to compare ourselves to them and think that we should be more like them. It seems like society, via the lens of social media, wants us to look a certain way, or be a certain way, or act a certain way.

One of the biggest things that has an effect on teens is cyberbullying. We see it all the time whether it’s through text, a comment, or a post. Most of the time, we think it’s funny when someone says a comment about someone else, but in reality, we don’t know what that person is going through or how they’re feeling about themselves. Cyberbullying causes teens to have a low self-esteem, which eventually leads to depression unless they are somehow able to fix the situation.

The research shows kids who go outside and spend time doing other things than being on a screen are more likely to be happy and have a lower risk of becoming depressed and anxious. If you are bored, the science shows it may be smart to find some activities to do that do not involve a screen.