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Is the impact of social media on teenage mental health damaging?

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Started: 4/23/2018 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sket

Con

Social media is actually a positive impact on teens mental health as it allows them to connect (talking to others online increases life satisfaction) with others their age, build on their current relationships with people they already know and share their experiences. Furthermore, it is invaluable for people with health conditions to know that they are not alone, that there are other people who have gone through this and got better and therefore acts as a support system for those experiencing mental health issues.
carnew

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Debate Round No. 1
carnew

Pro

The impact of social media on teenage mental health is extremely damaging. Looking at photos that have been photoshopped are glorified by its viewers, which are mostly young teenagers. Most of the time they do not know that the picture has been altered to perfection, and they think they have to match up to what they see so that they can receive that same praise. This can cause feelings of inferiority or depression, or as Durkheim would say, anomy. They feel sad when they do not match up to what they see as perfect.
Debate Round No. 2
sket

Con

While that is true, the positive impact on the majority of teenagers lives outweighs the negative impact on the minority of teenagers. Social media can be used as a motivational tool to achieve healthy lifestyle goals such as quitting smoking or attending the gym on a regular basis. Announcing a goal via social media and regularly posting about it promotes accountability to others, creating positive reinforcement from friends and stimulating an online social support system.

Furthermore, it provides teens with opportunities to develop skills needed to function in society.
A common dilemma among people with mental illness (including depression) is the reluctance to talk to people closest to them about their problems. More and more young people are turning to the internet for health advice and many teens will post online what they don't want to share with their parents which makes early intervention by concerned friends and peers more possible. For others, it provides a opportunity to experiment with different modes of creative self-expression, which is in itself therapeutic.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Jcolon 3 years ago
Jcolon
The impact of social media on teenage mental health is extremely damaging. Looking at photos that have been photoshopped are glorified by its viewers, which are mostly young teenagers. Most of the time they do not know that the picture has been altered to perfection, and they think they have to match up to what they see so that they can receive that same praise. This can cause feelings of inferiority or depression, or as Durkheim would say, anomy. They feel sad when they do not match up to what they see as perfect.
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