Social Media Posts Cause Mental Health Struggles


Sydney Heckmann

Social media does not overpower mental health.

Mental health is caused by numerous things such as psychological trauma, environmental stress and social media disparaging. Social media is a system of problems and chaos. “During my time at Facebook, I came to realize a devastating truth: Almost no one outside of Facebook knows what happens inside Facebook,” Frances Haugen said when testifying in court.

“Many of my friends will see that someone else posts things on social media that makes them feel left out or jealous, that someone is doing something they are not. Seeing bad things on social media can affect someone’s life, making them sad, stressed, or depressed. These are all the things I personally see,” eighth grader Mya Moore said.

There are numerous problems that derive from social media use. However, most significantly is the addiction people develop to social media. Everyone is on social media, and there are more than 20 main social media platforms that are taking over the world. According to experts at Common Sense Media, on average, teenagers are spending around five to seven and a half hours on a social media platform a day.

“I think social media is one of the biggest factors for mental health for teenagers these days. Everyone seems to have a perfect life on social media and others often compare themselves to unrealistic standards. I would probably tell these people to switch their roles to see how they would think about that position they put others in,” senior Kaila Youngs said.

The current situations have increased the risk for depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Currently there are 69% of adults and 81% of teenagers in the United States who are on social media, according to experts from Pew Research Center. This stumbling block with social media continues to bring people back, leading them to want to know what is constantly going on with celebrities, news, and other things.