Social Media Pros and Cons: Community Building to Facebook Addiction

Social Media Pros and Cons: Community Building to Facebook Addiction


In the relatively short time
they’ve been in existence social media like Facebook, SnapChat and YouTube have had positive mental health effects in terms of empowering and connecting
people. At the same time they’ve provided new platforms for
unhealthy and destructive behaviors On the plus side – social media platforms
nurture and expand relationships, they boost productivity, they have
multiplied the resources for mental health information and support, which has helped to reduce stigma. But
the same attributes that make social media a positive force in our lives make them
potentially dangerous. teens and young adults- a generation
raised on the Internet, social media and digital technology- are particularly at risk because they
are impressionable, eager for acceptance, and have different
ideas about what should be kept private and what constitutes
responsible behavior. let’s look at some other concerns: social
media are addictive- brain imaging studies of compulsive internet users have shown structural and functional
brain abnormalities similar to those found in people with substance abuse problems. social
media invite us to compare ourselves with others- this can deepen feelings of inferiority
in people with self-esteem issues. social media harm face to face human
interaction. social media allow unreliable and false
information to spread quickly- anything shared via social media is out
there forever- it can’t be taken back.
ultimately whether social media are good or bad for a person’s mental
well-being is directly related to how they are used which should be sensibly, constructively
and in moderation. to learn more about the issues of social
media visit the Information Center at CarrierClinic.org

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