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Excess Use of Social Media and Mental Health

Social Media and Mental Health
As social media becomes an integral part of many people’s lives, it is important to consider how constant social media use may negatively impact mental health. According to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, college students spend an average of 8-10 hours a day on their cellphones and excessive use poses the risk of decreased academic performance. Of the 164 college students polled in the survey, over 85 percent of them claimed to spend large amounts of time on social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Some ways social media can negatively affect mental health include:

  • Insecurity. Social media feeds are filled with other people’s …more>>

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