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FELLOWS: Social media can impact mental health – The Pioneer

Summary

Throughout most of September and the beginning of October, I’ve been glued to the TV for a number of reasons.

Our government is going nuts; people are still dying in droves from COVID-19; no one can agree on anything; and Facebook is getting trashed again.

If we needed scares for October, we’re certainly getting them in the form of the daily national news.

The news I’ve been paying particularly close attention to is the testimony of forme…….

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Throughout most of September and the beginning of October, I’ve been glued to the TV for a number of reasons.

Our government is going nuts; people are still dying in droves from COVID-19; no one can agree on anything; and Facebook is getting trashed again.

If we needed scares for October, we’re certainly getting them in the form of the daily national news.

The news I’ve been paying particularly close attention to is the testimony of former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who delivered a rather scathing depiction of the damage that Facebook and its connected apps like Instagram and Snapchat can do to young and developing brains.

Her argument, if you’ve heard any of it, relates to the algorithms used to optimize imagery and content that can be addictive and encourage poor self-image and negatively impact mental health. All things that I personally found to be true in my use of them as a young person. I also have seen some of these platforms diversify greatly, but still maintain the scroll and click obsessed algorithms that push content, a good amount of it damaging and fake, incessantly.

Traffic is a big factor in the social media world’s success, the more people searching streaming and interacting online, the better. However, this also has shown that both the worst and best of humanity have infiltrated the depths of the online universe. The impacts of which we’re now seeing affect our real world, our families, our children on a daily basis.

Growing up, ever since we were old enough to get online, I, and everyone around me my age, were bombarded with images online that pushed the ideal male and female images. All of the things you saw advertised in the rest of the world’s media, but we were now becoming a generation that had it in our pockets all day long.

It caused animosity in a lot of instances in our young friend groups, both online and off, with romances, rumors and lies. That is what I have come to realize social media is best at producing in young people if given the opportunity, which it regularly is. Often, young people don’t understand the filter-less character that comes with the online world and they feel open to exploring, which can have potentially awful results. I certainly know that I ran into my fair share of things I should not have seen, but did, thanks to the internet.

One of the biggest things that impacted my experience with learning how social media affected my mental health was realizing the real impacts of the fear of missing out (FOMO).

Now, this may be an acronym that is new to some, …….

Source: https://www.bigrapidsnews.com/insider/article/FELLOWS-Social-media-can-impact-mental-health-16554930.php