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Is the internet responsible for the increase in mental health issues in youth?

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Started: 9/13/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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The internet and social media plays a big role in the increase in mental health issues, Espically for teenagers in our society. Social media opens the door to kids and teens being cyberbullied. Many studies show that cyberbullying often leads to depression, Anxiety, Social isolation, Increase in sucidial thoughts, And in many tragic cases sucide. Approximately one in five young people under 18 (20%) reported experiencing online bullying in any one year. Many cyberbully victims (71%) report that social media sites don"t do anything to prevent cyberbullying, Many social media sites, Such as instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc just encourage users to block and report the user, Without providing any resources to help them with their issues.


The internet creates an opportunity for all youth to feel apart of a community. It provides information and knowledge allowing kids to access to education and learn things without the typical bore of school. Many young kids may also the internet and social media as a source of income through paid promotions and collaborations with companies and brands. Communication is also a key benefit of the use of the internet as most children nowadays own some sort of technology equipment and use it to communicate and contact their family and friends when they are not together.
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Many young teenagers follow and look up to celebrities, Who often portray an unrealistic lifestyle, Or have an unrealsitic body. While scrolling through their feed, They may develop an impression that celebrities or maybe other peoples lives / bodies are better than their own. This also causes anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders and tends to make people feel socially isolated. Statistics show that Eating disorders and disordered eating together are estimated to affect over 16% of the Australian population. Young people often tend to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others as we scroll through our feeds, And make judgements about how they measure up.
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Posted by picklerickfaggotboi 3 years ago
I personally think that vaccines are responsible for the increase in mental health issues because it is literally humans putting something that is not supposed to be in our bodies, In our bodies and there is evidence that shows flu shots do more harm than good. Vaccines are chemicals that mess with our brains.
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