Many college students become depressed as result of comparing their lives to others on social media. Over the recent years, cases of mental health problems have increased especially for college students including the rising cases of students diagnosed with depression and anorexia. Current statistics show that one out of six college students possess the symptoms of anxiety hence facing depression. As students transits from high school to college life they are faced by multiple and escalating pressures which amount to stress. Social media further worsens the pressures as students access social post of other students fabulous experiences and the inevitable comparisons erodes their self-esteem due to the fear of missing out. The students may get worried that other students are having a good time and doing better things than them. Mild anxiety is common with students learning new skills of time management, how to handle rejection from peers and other developmental challenges. It is treatable in the early stages by mere modest interventions. However in cases of acute anxiety individuals should consult a therapist. This study aims at uncovering the various reasons social media causes depression to college students as they compare their lives with their peer group.
Social Media Oriented Causes of Depression to College Students
Social media contributes to depression through Cyber bullying and harassment. Cyber-bullying is a new vice that puts children in emotional and social danger. The introduction of smartphones allow for constant unsupervised access to the internet and communities where youth can be exploited or defamed by fellow youth via text or post. According to statistics from various colleges in America majority of the students complain of having been cyber bullied via internet in their social media platforms. However, many of these cases go unreported and eventually the students face depression. Students spend a significant amount of time on social media Facebook and Twitter. Less time spent on these sites helps students to be more focused and less stressed. These could be because most often, individuals who are already depressed are likely to spend more time on social media.
Students might also get depressed due to the addiction emanating from Social media. Social media cause students to have unsatisfied and restless lives. A study carried out by University of Michigan established that individuals using social media more are more likely to be less satisfied with their lives due to comparison with others on the social media. Social media in most occurrences will glorify drug use and sex. Students exposed to this undesirable information will be prone to trying out the drugs and in the long run drug abuse led to depression; the influence of social media to drug use is at 70 percent. Despite this being just a correlation inference, it is evident that social media increases the degree of peer pressure among exposed college students. Social media often leads to multitasking. In most cases an individual will be logged on to various social media platforms, human brains have limited capacity to multitask hence hinders information processing and productivity. Multitasking, results to fatigue, poor coordination eventually causing depression to the students.
Solutions of Depressive Social Media
To avoid depression the students could choose to dedicate most of their time to studies and more constructive activities rather than social media. A serious student should conduct a cost benefit analysis of using social media. To overcome social media addictions the student can evaluate specific social media websites alternative uses that would be productive to them example E-commerce, networking professional social media websites that could aid through their studies. Students should be careful of the kind of people they reach out via social media. In most instances depressed or persons with low self-esteem fall prey to cyber bulling and other social media oriented vices like substance abuse. Some researches have shown that the convention of contacting too many people can cause a depressive session. It’s recommended that an individual link with only material people in their lives. In extreme situations, when an individual uses social media to avoid reality individuals are recommended to talk to a mental health professional as they could be facing depression.
The negative impacts of social media could lead to depression to a college student. It has been observed that as students proceed from high school to college life they are faced by multiple challenges that could amount to stress. Unlike in high school, college student’s access social media more easily hence are able to view colleagues posts on fabulous experiences which might not be their case and the inevitable comparisons could erodes their self-esteem. There are other social media oriented causes of depression to college students i.e.: addiction, time consuming, err of multitasking and dis-satisfaction in life. And now we’re seeking to determine solutions of depressive social media through keeping busy and using social media for proactive gain. However in extreme conditions the students can seek help from a mental health professional.