Social Media & Mental Health
As an avid social media user on a daily basis, I am aware that it does affect my own mental health at times. I have numerous social media accounts including – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn etc.
In the past, I have been cyberbullied through Facebook and discovered that the best thing to do is put your phone or laptop to one side and ignore the messages or comments. From this experience, I learnt that all the bullies seemed to want was a reaction and it was better to disconnect myself from the situation and take a deep breath. Additionally, numerous friends have been mistreated and bullied through social media platforms and I do think it is easier for people to bully others since they say things which they wouldn’t say face to face.
However social media is a viable asset for finding employment, selling/buying products and creating a community. Out of all the social media platforms, I discovered that Facebook and LinkedIn are most useful for the above aspects. An advantage of social media is that it keeps people in touch and connected, especially if they are living away from home or at University. Moreover, if someone has relatives living away or on the other side of the world then it means they can stay in touch. Furthermore, social media is a huge advantage for small businesses and I have seen it have an incredible impact on several businesses I follow around East Anglia. Businesses can use social media to generate a following and I found Facebook most significant when I managed and was president of the University of Suffolk’s Students’ Union Film Society page. Over the time this page was active, it generated a following of over a hundred and fifteen likes and follows.
To conclude, I think that there are some advantages and disadvantages which come with each social media platform. However, from my experience I think social media does cause unnecessary arguments. Finally, I think social media is a positive resource inthis day and age if everyone respects it and uses it correctly.