Panama City, FL –
Bay District Schools mental health counselor Ken Chisholm believes social media leads to anxiety and depression.
“The age groups most affected are middle and high school students,” Chisholm said. “We would expect about 90% of them to be negatively affected by social media, with a negative self-image.”
Besides self-image issues, many college students stay awake later at night, scrolling through social media. This leads to students being fatigued during school hours which can lead to lower grades.
“Well, one of the things we’re seeing is kids staying up late at night online and bringing up this stuff with their peers,” Chisholm said. “And they’re looking at some really negative stuff.”
Recently, the Wall Street Journal published internal Facebook documents, showing that 32% of teenage girls with body image issues were negatively affected by Instagram.
“When I was a child, if a conflict arose at school, the house was a sanctuary,” Chisholm said. “You know we could get away from it for a little while. And now we have a situation where the kids can’t get away with it.
From now on, students are constantly surrounded by their peers thanks to their presence on social networks. It has also led to an increase in cyberbullying, Chisholm said.
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