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April 22, 2022
Paper Topic: Social Media and its Effects On Children’s Psychology
Introduction Possible ideas for the introduction
There has been an increase in penetration of technology within the current society which has laid an effective platform for an increase in social media use within the modern societies, including among children. According to Statista, some of the most widely used social media platforms used by children include Instagram, snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter (Statista, 2022). However, the increase in social media use is associated with several adverse impacts on children including development of psychiatric disorders which are carried on to adolescence (Cataldo et al., 2021). This paper analyzes some of the psychiatric disorders associated with use of social media among children.
Thesis Statement: Social media has adverse impacts with on the psychology of children which can affect their mental wellbeing and cognitive development.
Main Point: Social media use is associated with depressive symptoms and mood disorders
a. Passive use of social media where by one browses through comments and news is associated with aggravated depressive symptoms since it makes children experience a reduced sense of belonging (Cataldo et al., 2021).
b. Among younger people, social media use is commonly associated with increased feeling of emotional loneliness (Bonkaksen et al., 2021).
c. Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of depression (Wang et al., 2021).
Main Point: Social media use among children is also associated with increased risks of anxiety.
a. Cyberbullying is commonly associated with an increased risk of developing anxiety and psychological distress.
b. Time spent on social media was directly correlated with the likelihood of developing anxiety and other psychological challenges (Keles et al., 2019).
c. Increased use of social media among children is associated with an increase in anxiety as a result of negative experiences such as an increased propensity for comparison among children.
Main Point: Too much screen time causes sleep issues like insomnia.
a. According to Pirdehghan et al. (2021), social media use is linked with sleep disturbance among adolescents.
b. Sleep disturbance is a precursor of most psychological disorders including depression and anxiety disorders (Franceschini et al., 2020).
c. Thus, sleep disturbance is closely associated with an increased risk of poor mental health among children and adolescents by acting as a gateway for other psychological disorders.
Conclusion Reworded Thesis
i) Social media use is associated with adverse psychological impacts on children
ii) Common psychological impacts include depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
iii) Psychological issues perpetrated by adverse online experiences including bullying.
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