Social media and mental health | Essay

I’ve chosen to write about social media and how it can affect one's mental health as social media increases FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and feelings of inadequacy, dissatisfaction, and isolation.

In turn, these feelings negatively affect your mood and create symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress for many people in the modern world today.

An issue connected with social media is online bullying. One of the appeals of online bullying is that cyberbullies can do it without sacrificing their anonymity.

The use of fake profiles or a private number means that they can pick on someone without revealing their identity.

This lack of accountability promotes an online culture allowing online bullying to flourish. In fact, over 40% of today’s social media users have experienced online bullying first hand.

Even though so many experience online abuse, only one out of ten inform an adult or friend about it. The effects of online bullying can be brutal and over half the suicides among young people are because of bullying.

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