By Honor Whiteman Inthe first email was delivered.
There are so many social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, you name it. I made a conscious decision to avoid Snapchat and Instagram because of the social pressure I saw them putting on my year-old little sister.
If my mum turned off the WiFi at 11pm, my sister would beg me to turn my phone into a hotspot. Even as a teenager as well, I sometimes find this craze a little baffling.
A new study has found that teenagers who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing Media and social issues risk of anxiety and depression. Teens are so emotionally invested in social media that a fifth will wake up at night and log on Perhaps the 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.
Research has shown that teenagers need 9. A lack of sleep can make teenagers tired, irritable, depressed and more likely to catch colds, flu and gastroenteritis.
And it seems that at school, most of my mates are exhausted too. During the summer holidays, I lost my phone. And for the week that I was phoneless, it felt like a disaster. I love my phone. It gives me quick access to information and allows me to be constantly looped in with my friends, to know exactly what is going on in their lives.
But there was still a lingering sense of sadness at the back of my mind that there would be conversations I had missed, messages that had been sent, funny videos shared and night-time chats that I would probably never get to see.
A separate study by the National Citizen Service found that, rather than talking to their parents, girls seek comfort on social media when they are worried. The survey also suggests that girls are likely to experience stress more often than boys — an average of twice a week.
I can see it all around me. Pressure to be perfect.
To look perfect, act perfect, have the perfect body, have the perfect group of friends, the perfect amount of likes on Instagram. What is really worrying is that time and time again, these studies pop up and demonstrate that the mental health of teenagers, especially teenage girls, is on the line.
We know these things. We know that these studies demonstrate that we have to make personal, social and health education PSHE statutory in schools and ensure it covers a range of issues from healthy eating and sleeping to consent.
And yet, Nicky Morgan and the government refuse to act. Inaction on these issues is harming the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people in this country. What has to happen before we do something?Jul 28, · The researchers found that these heavy social media users were more likely to report having poor mental health, psychological distress (symptoms of .
Mass Media and Social Issues. Basic Themes. The relationship between media and effects is very difficult to prove; Short-term effects are easier to . The mass media, then, would seemingly be an excellent position to initiate social change, positively affect social problems, and help combat social ills that are considered normal patterns of behavior.
linking the media with social problems emerged for the most part in the United States following the rise of broadcasting and mass media in the s and s (Czitrom, ), but now the debate and literature is international in scope (McQuail, ).
Social media is harming the mental health of teenagers. The state has to act (PSHE) statutory in schools and ensure it covers a range of issues from healthy eating and sleeping to consent. The mass media, then, would seemingly be an excellent position to initiate social change, positively affect social problems, and help combat social ills that are considered normal patterns of behavior.