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The internet is responsible for the increase in mental health issues in youth.

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Started: 9/17/2018 Category: Health
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isabellalla

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Every teenager has times when the mental health is affected, When they feel stressed, Worried, Anxious or down. These are normal if they are short-lived. When they become longer term issues it is a mental health problem and seeking help is the best option. The internet is not the only issue that has been believed to increase the mental health in youth today. There are many things that can cause depression, Stress and anxiety, Such as family issues, Schoolwork, Friendship problems, Your expectations of yourself and others. Family issues is the most common event that is responsible for the mental health in youth. Children can develop large amounts of trauma and disruption in family structures. According to "The Australian Institution Of Family Studies" the effects on families can be significant in youth in mental health. Only 11% of children came from intact families living with biological parents while 89% had disruption in their family structure. Two-third of the children in the study population had been exposed to trauma with physical abuse seen in 36% of cases. Seventy-one percent had reported either a parent or a sibling with a psychiatric disorder. Strong association was found between exposure to trauma and certain diagnoses in respect to hospitalization. ADHD predicted a 4 times likelihood of having more than one previous hospitalization, With mood disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, And physical abuse increasing the risk by more than twice. Disruption in family structure can lead to several adverse events impacting both the mental health of children. Not all disruptions have equal effects. More emotional and behavioral problems occur in families disrupted by divorce than compared to other types of disruptions, For example, Death of a parent. Certain characteristics have been identified in caregivers as well as the children themselves that serve as risk factors for abuse. Young age, Depression, Substance abuse, Poverty, And history of mothers being separated from their own mothers during childhood serve as risk factors. Schoolwork can also be an issue on youth mental health. Many students can feel stressed when receiving assignments, Studying for tests/exams and given small tasks. It is One study was found that some children who self-reported having 30 minutes or more of homework every night also reported concerning levels of "high stress. " Boys in this study who reported higher levels of stress were more overweight than those who reported lower levels of stress. That stress, Researchers surmise, May be causing hormonal changes that contribute to weight gain. Hormones released when the body is stressed or sleep deprived contribute to weight gain because the body thinks it"s in danger. The internet can be used in many ways and not just be seen in a negative way. The internet can connect people who are dealing with stress and need to speak to someone online, Such as a counselor. There are many supportive kidsline that connect youth to professional counselors, Such as the Kids Helpline. So why should the internet be blamed?
maddyf1

Pro

Adolescence that overuse their devices can eventually destroy physical / personal relationships due to addictive behavior, And ignoring reality. In today’s society, Society is addicted to their phones, Computers, Tablets and other technological devices. We spend too much time on our devices checking social media pages and it can really take a toll not just on ourselves, But the relationships we have. Since there are a growing number of users on social media and most of them are millennials, Can social media affect relationships? ABSOLUTELY. It’s crazy to think that a form of technology could be as addicting, In a sense, As a drug. Spending countless hours refreshing your feed is draining and it literally sucks the life out of you. Hey, I’m not necessarily bashing social media, I think social media could be a great thing, But I think us millennials need to learn how to put our phones down once in a while. By having almost the entire world attached to their phones through social media, It can take a toll on romantic, Personal and professional relationships. The constant need to click refresh allows little time for physical interaction that the world critically needs. We millennials are the future of this country and if we can’t put our phones down for one second to have a normal conversation, Then who knows what’s going to happen to real-life human interaction. Teens shouldn’t be afraid to have a normal conversation with people in person, But they are. Some teens get horrible social anxiety when it comes to speaking out loud, Due to the walls we have put up from the avoidance of interaction because of the increase of social media use. Many people cringe at the thought of communication and human interaction, Which is difficult when many teens are starting to get employed. Is social media to blame for our decline of communication skills? Though, It’s not even just a fear of verbal communication, Many have lost friendships because of social media. Constantly checking Instagram to see what their friends are up to is no way to live. Teens now turn down social interaction events such as parties to stay home in front of screens away from the outside world. If these habits eventually become a social norm them the future of social interactions will soonly disappear.


Debate Round No. 1
isabellalla

Con

The internet such as social media was launch in 2004, The social networking website Facebook rapidly expanded and was used by youths across the world. Messaging sites such as WhatsApp have become the most popular means of communication for younger people, Who spend much of their lives on digital devices. News reports and opinion pieces in newspapers often portray the internet as a danger to the young. Social media is used by in young people from 8 up to 18 years of age. Mental health is something everyone has, Including youths. Mental health problem are issues that affect the way individuals feel, Think or behave. The internet offers tremendous opportunities for social interaction, But constant connection, Superficial exchange and a perpetual quest for "likes" do not nurture deep thinking, Creativity and empathy. Parents should be alert to excessive internet use by a son or daughter, As this could be a sign of distress. A teenager with low self-esteem needs emotional support and won"t necessarily get this from online contacts. There are hints of moral panic in the notion of a mental health epidemic in young people, And the supposed harmfulness of the internet. Reactions to transformative new technology are understandable but often exaggerated. In the 19th century many people were diagnosed with "railway sickness", A type of neurosis attributed to the unnatural motions of train travel. Adolescence has always been a challenging stage of life, But the rising incidence of depression may be due to greater mental health awareness and changes in diagnostic practice. Intensive long-term observation would reveal changing patterns of social media use from childhood to adolescence. Repeated measurement of stress and mental health is crucial, But researchers should not rely on numerical data alone. We suggest integration of quantitative and qualitative methods, With interviews enabling young people to describe their experiences in their own words, Potentially revealing links between social media activity and mental state.
maddyf1

Pro

Mental health issues in children caused by the media are almost impossible to avoid, Due to its extensive rise over time. This can be proven due to the fact that antidepressants being sold have doubled in recent decades, Which validates its effects. Mental health issues recently have become prominent in the media, But not many people are taking initiative to do something about the horrible issue. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21. 4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. These statistics are a 37% rise between the years of 1990 and 2010, With depression becoming the fourth highest cause of disability in Australia. Two studies in the United States, The United Kingdom, And Australia have found that rates of antidepressant prescribing have more than doubled in recent decades. At the same time, A worldwide trend of mental disorders displacing musculoskeletal conditions as the predominant reason for illness-related absences and work incapacity has been noted. While these changes in rank represent, To some extent, A reduction in the burden of many somatic illnesses, The expense associated with mental illness has continued to rise, With the annual cost of depression in Australia now estimated to be $12. 6 billion. The alarming statistics, Released recently in a report by Mission Australia, Show almost a quarter of teens surveyed meet the criteria for probable serious mental illness, With girls twice as likely as boys to be affected. "The effects of mental illness at such a young age can be debilitating and incredibly harmful to an individual's quality of life, Academic achievement, And social participation both in the short term and long term. " These effects can not only affect our chances of getting jobs but our future’s quality. A similar study in the United Kingdom showed a dramatic rise in the number of teenagers being admitted to hospital for self-harming in the past decade. Shockingly, The number of teen girls admitted to hospital in the UK harming themselves quadrupled in that period. Another British study shows rates of mental illness in young women aged 16 to 24 is at an all-time high. Is it the pressures of modern day living -- the 'always on' mentality? Is social media to blame?


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