Is Social Media Bad For Our Psychological Wellbeing? Essay

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‘To what extent is social media bad for our psychological wellbeing?’

Merriam-Webster (2015) defines social media as “forms of electronic communication (as Web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).” As of 2011, two thirds (65%) of adult Internet users engage in activities on social networking sites (Madden & Zickuhr, 2011); it is even more common (72%) for young adults between 18 and 29 years old to use social media as of 2010, (Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr, 2010). Research has found that effects of social media on an individual’s psychological wellbeing are dependent upon individuals ' motivations for using media (Shah, Rojas & Cho, 2009). This essay will argue that although social media has some positive and negative attributes regarding mental health (Shah, D. V., Rojas, H., & Cho, J. 2009; Wellman, Haase, Witte, & Hampton, 2001), it is more likely for social media to have negative outcomes relating to one’s psychological wellbeing or have a potential of worsening existing psychological issues such as increased depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, loneliness, and narcissism; thus making it bad for our psychological wellbeing.
Katz and Gurevitch (1974) suggest that, individuals use media for surveillance, personal identity construction, social relationships and entertainment. Existing research demonstrates that using media for…

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