The Two Faces of Social Media
AbstractThis article explores the debate of whether social media is good or bad for mental health. Using social networking sites has often been associated with depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Social media can promote downward social comparisons, erode real-life relationships, and makes an ideal forum for bullying. On the other hand, social media can also be a positive tool for identity construction, a way to strengthen offline friendships, and even a place to find a community of like-minded people providing support for mental health challenges. In the end, how social media affects mental health depends on the specifics of what you do online.
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