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Social Media’s
Impact on Teen
Mental Health
Teens are increasingly active on social media platforms…
Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
72% 68%
66% 36%
Percentage of teens and young
adults aged 12-24 years old who
use each social media platform:1
Photo by Yo...
Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
This increased usage of social media has led to…
“1/4 of students reporting
poor self-rated...
Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
Social media alters the way
that teens think and interact
with each other:
Representation and social
norms are changed. 𝟑
1
• Representation through repetition
can tell us what we should be
thinkin...
Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
Women are more than twice as
likely to say that their
conception of beauty
is shaped by
wom...
The use of algorithm-driven social medi𝒂 𝟓2
• Algorithms create social media echo chambers where it is difficult to find
c...
60% of millennials use
Facebook as their primary
source of news.6
• The newsfeed algorithms
choose our content based
on wh...
Messes with teens′ ability to think independentl𝑦73
• Social media forces teens to fall into peer pressure more easily
• T...
Lack of independent
thinking among teens can
cause them to lose their
identity and sense of
individuality.
Photo by Anonym...
Awareness of these issues is crucial for teens because without
intervention, increased interaction with social media can c...
Cyberbullying can occur
among teens when social
media is overused.8
1 in 3 of teens have received
cyberthreats online
Over...
Photo by Gabriela Minks, Flickr.
Frequently being exposed to photos that can create body image
concerns on social media ca...
Photo by Isabella Mariana, Flickr.
A study from the University of
Halifax has shown that girls
with increased exposure to
...
Increased exposure to social media can cause depression in
teens who are impacted by unrealistic expectations on social me...
To prevent the negative
impacts of social media use
among teens, parents can…
Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
1) Limit social media use to no
more than 2 hours per day
2) Monitor the content that
their children are consuming
3) Disc...
Social media is an increasingly important aspect of teens’ lives. It is
important to understand how to use it correctly in...
References:
1) Statista. “Reach of leading social media and networking sites used by teenagers and young adults in the
Uni...
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  1. 1. Social Media’s Impact on Teen Mental Health
  2. 2. Teens are increasingly active on social media platforms… Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
  3. 3. 72% 68% 66% 36% Percentage of teens and young adults aged 12-24 years old who use each social media platform:1 Photo by Yoppy, Flickr.[Source 1] Statista.
  4. 4. Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics This increased usage of social media has led to… “1/4 of students reporting poor self-rated mental health, psychological distress, suicidal ideation, or unmet need for mental health support"2 [Source 2] Payne, Elizabeth.
  5. 5. Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics Social media alters the way that teens think and interact with each other:
  6. 6. Representation and social norms are changed. 𝟑 1 • Representation through repetition can tell us what we should be thinking • Norms of body image and status can be established through celebrities posting on social media Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo[Source 3] Matrix, Sidneyeve.
  7. 7. Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics Women are more than twice as likely to say that their conception of beauty is shaped by women in the public domain. 𝟒 78% of women surveyed felt that the portrayal of women on social media is unrealistic 82% of women surveyed said that they thought that social media could change the standards of beauty [Source 4] Katz, Brigit.
  8. 8. The use of algorithm-driven social medi𝒂 𝟓2 • Algorithms create social media echo chambers where it is difficult to find challenged viewpoints • Social media is filtered to show only what we want to see or have seen in the past, not what we need to see Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics[Source 5] Matrix, Sidneyeve.
  9. 9. 60% of millennials use Facebook as their primary source of news.6 • The newsfeed algorithms choose our content based on what our friends post • Because we tend to interact with like-minded people, the chance of us being shown a different perspective is quite slim Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics[Source 6] Hosanagar, Hartik.
  10. 10. Messes with teens′ ability to think independentl𝑦73 • Social media forces teens to fall into peer pressure more easily • The action of “liking” each other’s posts makes people feel the need to not only measure their self-worth in terms of likes, but also to like posts that are liked by many other people [Source 7] Beres, Damon. Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
  11. 11. Lack of independent thinking among teens can cause them to lose their identity and sense of individuality. Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
  12. 12. Awareness of these issues is crucial for teens because without intervention, increased interaction with social media can cause a multitude of issues, including: Photo by Anonymous, KaboomPics
  13. 13. Cyberbullying can occur among teens when social media is overused.8 1 in 3 of teens have received cyberthreats online Over 25% of teens have been repeatedly bullied through their cell phones or the internet More than half of cyberbullying victims do not report the incident to their parents or another adult Photo by Maujesm, Flickr.[Source 8] Bullying Statistics.
  14. 14. Photo by Gabriela Minks, Flickr. Frequently being exposed to photos that can create body image concerns on social media can cause eating disorders in teens that are predisposed to developing one.9 [Source 9] Eating Disorder hope.
  15. 15. Photo by Isabella Mariana, Flickr. A study from the University of Halifax has shown that girls with increased exposure to social media have a greater chance of developing an eating disorder.10 [Source 10] Eating Disorder hope.
  16. 16. Increased exposure to social media can cause depression in teens who are impacted by unrealistic expectations on social media Photo by Chelsea Burgess, Flickr.
  17. 17. To prevent the negative impacts of social media use among teens, parents can… Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
  18. 18. 1) Limit social media use to no more than 2 hours per day 2) Monitor the content that their children are consuming 3) Discuss their children’s mental health regularly Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
  19. 19. Social media is an increasingly important aspect of teens’ lives. It is important to understand how to use it correctly in order to avoid the potentially negative impacts. Photo by Victor Hanacek, PicJumbo
  20. 20. References: 1) Statista. “Reach of leading social media and networking sites used by teenagers and young adults in the United States as of February 2016.” 2016. Retrieved from: https://www.statista.com/statistics/199242/social-media-and-networking-sites-used-by-us-teenagers/ 2) Payne, Elizabeth. “Teens’ poor mental health linked to social media use” Ottawa Citizen. N.p. 08 Aug. 2015. Web. 02 Mar. 2017. 3) Matrix. Sidneyeve. “Module 1 Lecture 01 Media Convergence..” 10 Jan. 2017. OnQ. Web. https://onq.queensu.ca/d2l/le/content/71613/viewContent/849731/View 4) Katz, Brigit. New study shows impact of social media on beauty standards. New York Times. April 03, 2015. Web. Retrieved from: http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/04/03/new-study- shows-impact-of-social-media-on-beauty-standards/ 5) Matrix. Sidneyeve. “Module 1 Lecture 02 Media Use Research Part 2 of 2. 17 Jan. 2017. OnQ. Web. https://onq.queensu.ca/d2l/le/content/71613/viewContent/860602/View 6) Hosanagar, Hartik. “Blame the Echo Chamber on Facebook, but Blame Yourself, Too. Wired. November 11, 2016. Web. Retrieved from: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/facebook-echo-chamber/ 7) Beres, Damon. “5 Weird Negative Effects of Social Media on Your Brain.” Reader’s Digest. 2017. Web. Retrieved from: http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/negative-effects-of-social-media/ 8) Unknown Author. “Cyber Bullying Statistics”. Bullying Statistics. 2017. Web. Retrieved from: http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html 9) Unknown Author. “The Influence of Social Media on Adolescent Eating Disorders.” Eating Disorders Hope. January 24, 2016. Web. Retrieved from: https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/the- influence-of-social-media-on-adolescent-eating-disorders 10) Unknown Author. “Does Social Media Cause Eating Disorders in Children?”. Eating Disorders Hope. September 9, 2016. Web. Retrieved from: https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/social-media- cause-eating-disorders-children

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