Don’t let social media mess with your mind


Duby Jimenez, Staff Writer

… Originally the purpose of social media was to simplify communication with people worldwide for business, but the evolution of technology created social media: the primary source of human interaction (Digital Trends). According to the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of people use social media at least once a day to send a message and only 33 percent talk face-to-face with their friends on a consistent basis. Not only is social media affecting the way people communicate with each other and self-image, but it is also leading to mental illness (Sternberg Clinic).

Scientists have evaluated social isolation, and have determined a number of mental, psychosocial, emotional, and physical problems such as sleep interruption (Social Networking). A study conducted by a University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine showed that social isolation impaired brain hormones, which is the reason why socially isolated people experience immense levels of stress, aggression, anxiety, and other mental issues.

Although social media can be seen as a harmful tool, it can also be a helpful tool if used in moderation. For example, social media can facilitate communication especially with people all around the world. Spreading our ideas and concerns to the public can be difficult if done verbally, but through social media, we can spread our ideas effectively in way that impacts larger audiences.

Face-to-face communication is not always the same as social media because through direct communication we are able to profoundly understand a person; whereas, with social media you are restricted to only words with no access to body language, tone, volume, or facial expressions.