Use of Social Media is almost unavoidable. Number of people using social media sites is growing exponentially. 73% of teens 12-17 are using Facebook. Is this good or bad? Facebook brings about well being, at the same time undermines it.
Allows young adults discover new ways of communication and connecting with one another. Meet new friends and explore new interests. Not necessarily meeting new people, they are enriching current friendships. However limits valuable learning experiences and limits social life, away from the internet.
Bullying, cliques etc. are just as prevalent online as they are offline. Social Media makes this more readily available. “Facebook Depression” results from heavy use of social media, an individual displays signs of depression due to the intensity of the online world. Social Media can make children feel inadequate due friend tallies, statuses, and pictures of people having a good time.
Well Adjusted Kids tend to filter what they post, and only show positive aspects, and qualities of themselves. Resulting in positive comments from friends, when less-well adjusted read these positive comments, they end up feeling worse. Can also occur in adults in the same manner.
Most of the older generation does not understand the online world, but supervision is very important. Checking in regularly with children is important, but can be counterproductive. Frequent monitoring can drive a child away ◦ Important to build relationship early with child regarding social media. Adults who may be suffering from this don’t have parents to monitor this phenomenon ◦ Close friends should examine one another to see if someone close to them may be experiencing this.
Businesses thrive on the use of social media platforms. With these platforms under so much scrutiny in the news they should be worried about what happens next to these social media platforms. One form of action would be to raise awareness, and show their concern on this issue to the social media community.
Have you experienced or witnessed “Facebook Depression”? Do you think “Facebook Depression” is a distinction of depression in young adults, or is a distinct phenomenon? Is there something businesses can do to counteract this issue?