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The most common issues associated with college students mental health and social media use is depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image, sleeping problems, social isolation, and emotional difficulties. About 41.6% of college students have stated that anxiety is a top concern.
The negative effects of social media on the mental health of college students. … There are common issues associated with the mental health of college students and social media. Some of these issues are low self-esteem, depression, body image, emotional difficulties, anxiety, social isolation, and sleeping problems.
Social Media has many positive effects on education including better communication, timely information, socializing online, learning, enhancing skills, making a career among others. But the same has some negative effects which include identity theft, cyber bullying, and social isolation.
Is Facebook bad for college students health?
Current studies conducted in college campuses reveal that Facebook can cause similar symptoms to drug addiction, effect familial systems and patterns, contribute to upper respiratory infection, cause feelings of loneliness, depression, and narcissism, and can lead to less body satisfaction and worse time management.
The typical student spends about half that amount of time—between 1 and 2 hours—on social media (37% of respondents) and streaming video (36% of respondents). About a third of students (32%) spend less than 1 hour per day on other online activities.
- cyberbullying (bullying using digital technology)
- invasion of privacy.
- identity theft.
- your child seeing offensive images and messages.
- the presence of strangers who may be there to ‘groom’ other members.
The study found that students who spent the most time using social media had “fewer academic behaviors, such as completing homework and attending class, lower academic confidence and more problems affecting their school work, like lack of sleep and substance abuse.”
Why technology is bad for college students?
In a survey of their students, 80 percent of students agreed that phone usage limits learning and concentration. Because of this, constant phone use in the classroom could lead to lower quality notes, less information retained and poor scores on exams. Student technology is distracting for neighboring classmates.
Through social media networks, they can create new friendships, express their views and opinions, and even create ‘new identities’. Social media also exposes students to a whole new way of learning. Research has shown that students who are frequent users of social media are more innovative and exhibit better memory.
The negative aspects of social media
However, multiple studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-harm, and even suicidal thoughts. Social media may promote negative experiences such as: Inadequacy about your life or appearance.
Social media plays an important role in every student’s life. It is often easier and more convenient to access information, provide information and communicate via social media. Tutors and students can be connected to each other and can make good use of these platforms for the benefit of their learning and teaching.