Final Post

The Last Hurrah

DYgDxUnfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this is our farewell post. We would like to take the time to thank all of you for reading and keeping up with us these past 4 weeks. It was our pleasure to keep you all informed about our findings on the effects social media has on personal lives. We concluded that social media usage can be detrimental to one’s health, as well as social, mental, and physical well being. Below is a summary of our findings.

Week 1

We thought cyberbullying would be a great first topic to kick off our blog. The internet is one of the most widespread risk that young kids face this day and age and Cyberbullying is on the rise due to technology usage. Cyberbullying has harmful effects to those who are being bullied and to those who are bullying others. Cyberbullying is related to serious health problems such as low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, anger, frustration, and a variety of other emotional and psychological problems.

For more information on cyberbullying and how to prevent it, please visit the sites below:

Week 2

Our second week topic is based on grounds for termination when it comes to a person’s personal social media account. Although social media was designed to keep friends and peers connected, it also gives them a platform to express their ideas and communicate with one another. Facebook and other social media sites are (for the most part) public records of an individual. We believe those who post negatively about their workplace, or those who post anything racist, etc. are grounds for termination.

Week 3

For week three, we covered the health issues that correlate with social media usage. A study was found that users who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of anxiety and depression, which can lead to catching colds, flues, and gastroenteritis more often. Also, with an increase of social media usage, there will be a decrease of physical activities.

Week 4

For our last week, we saved the best for last. RELATIONSHIPS! Social media has the potential to be harmful for relationships. It was found that the more a person in a romantic relationship uses social media, the more they will Facebook stalk their partner’s online activity! This can inevitably lead to feelings of jealousy. Another interesting thing the researchers noted is that people who use social media often are more likely to reach out to past lovers, and this can damage relationships if not end it.

 

 

We are sorry to leave you so soon, but we hope you have learned from our findings and hope you will utilize them into your everyday lives so you don’t fall victim to social media’s harmful effects. Please feel free to visit our post as much as you like and to share our posts with others.


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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.