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Putting the Best Selfie Forward College students today are facing many challenges that were not present previously in college life. College students are more disconnected from the present and are suffering mentally, resulting in an inability to take a step back and develop meaningful relationships. Too much time on social media can lead to depression and anxiety enables the inevitable social comparison between one 's life and others. Students are also feeling the pressure to appear perfect to society, both socially and academically. Snapchat however, brings happiness to its users due to its impromptu nature. Even though social media does have its drawbacks, these sites do allow for greater connection to friends and family, especially …show more content…
Leaving behind family and friends that have been present in one 's entire life is never easy, but the added stress of making new friends and socializing in a larger setting than ever before is even more daunting. Students in turn are looking to social media to alleviate the anxiety by keeping up with friends back home. In the worst cases, college students are suffering from the "fear of missing out", (Tolly) causing even more stress. Seeing once close friends on Facebook posting about events you were not invited to never leads to any good feelings, but dwelling on that initial twinge of jealousy "can lead to symptoms of depression if [these feelings] are triggered" (Hurst). These symptoms then lead to a feeling of inferiority. College students often place their self-worth on the opinions of others in the form of "likes" on Facebook for example, placing emphasis on its meaning of "verification for acceptance" (Tolly) among the user 's friends. As a result of being in a depressed state, students are now not as socially active on campus and are choosing to spend time on social media rather than getting out. If users choose to "obsessively comb through pictures" (Singal) versus "only accepting party invites" (Singal), then the amount of happiness will reflect within the student. The ones who spends more time on social media tend to have anxiety and depression-like symptoms, while those …show more content…
Most problems that arise from social media boil down to how much time is spent on these platforms as well as what they are used for. Facebook for example, is changing the way people keep in touch. Those who are attending college thousands of mile away from home keep up with friends and family back home, which can alleviate homesickness that would otherwise cause a student to become distracted from classes. Social media also allows its users to keep up with high school friends that otherwise would have been lost throughout time, nearly eliminating the need for high school reunions among social media 's younger users who grew up using it. In today 's times, people as a whole are "always interconnected, always in communication" (Griffin); as long as college students are aware of the negative effects social media can have on those who misuse it, users have the power to change the way news and media is delivered to the

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