If you’re reading this newsletter (first off, thank you!), you more than likely noticed its advertisement post on the Mental Health Peers Instagram page. You also more than likely join the > 98% percent of college-aged students who use social media, according to consumer insight service Experian Simmons. This number has drastically increased in recent years and now it seems as though everyone has at least one social media app on their phone. These apps include, but are not limited to, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook. Since so many social media outlets are accessible to the majority of college students, it can cause students to repeatedly check these apps throughout the day, while in class, and/or at work. Time spent while checking these apps throughout the day can accumulate to a surprising number each week. An annual nationwide survey of college students by UCLA found that college students spent more than 16.8 hours on social media each week. This large amount of time spent on social media can have serious negative effects on one’s mental health.
Before I go into the negative effects that come with social media, it’s important to recognize the positive aspects of social media first. While virtual interaction on social media doesn’t have the same psychological benefits as face-to-face contact, there are still many positive ways in which it can help you stay connected and support your wellbeing. Some positive aspects include being able to:
- Jose, Mental Health Peer