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Social Media – How does it affect the Mental Health of Teenagers?

    During the past decade, the face of the Communication and Interaction has been changed profoundly due to online social networking. Social media refers to websites that enable people from all over the world to interact.

    Facebook is the leading social networking site, with more and more users from all over the world registering every month. Facebook is followed closely by MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn. This digital landscape has put more pressure on teenagers today, than ever. Studies shows that teenagers who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increase the risk of anxiety and depression.

    Worst thing about this is that teenagers need more sleep than adults do, so night-time social media use could be detrimental to their health. Lack of sleep can make teenagers tired, irritable, depressed and more likely to catch colds, flu and gastroenteritis.

    Side effects of Social Media:

    • Is more addictive
    • Makes us compare our lives with others
    • Makes us restless
    • Gives rise to cyber bullying
    • Glamorizes drug and alcohol use
    • Can make us unhappy
    • Can lead to fear of missing out
    • Often leads to multitasking
    • Enhances our connectivity
    • Can help with socialization

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