Affirmative

Social media is harming the mental health of its users.

Social media connects people from all over the world. The problem is that not everyone knows how to disconnect. With constant streams of tweets, and status updates, social media can create a never-ending negative loop. The active user especially can feel a sense of pressure to stay active online. Many experience a need to be responsive on social media 24/7, feeling compelled to answer texts or direct messages almost immediately. That sense of obligation to be available and the emotional investment are affecting their mental health

A new study has found that users who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of anxiety and depression. Social media users spoke about the pressure they felt to make themselves available 24/7, and the resulting anxiety if they did not respond immediately to texts or posts. Active users are so emotionally invested in social media that a great majority of users will wake up at night and log on, just to make sure they don’t miss out.

Perhaps the worst thing about this is that night time social media use could be detrimental to ones health. Research has shown that the nine hours of sleep is best recommended for a healthy rest. But, on average active social media users only get six the most seven hours. A lack of sleep can make teenagers tired, irritable, depressed and more likely to catch colds, flu and gastroenteritis.

In summary, I believed that the research found in these studies strongly affirm that the use of social media is harmful to the body’s health. Recently, I am always tired at school, and I’m not one to stay up until four am chatting with friends, but I am the one to always be on my phone using these social media platforms.  I personally have experienced how harmful social media can be. Change needs to be made, because if not, things will great worse.

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