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Digitally Disconnected: When Social Media Doesn’t Feel Social - 

Digitally Disconnected: When Social Media Doesn’t Feel Social -  | Global issues | Scoop.it

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” 

Yet, when it comes to social media, we often find ourselves comparing our lives, jobs, families, vacations, and bodies to everybody else’s perfect posts. Or, we get caught up in polarizing politics, letting ourselves get sucked into the latest controversial content. While many of us mindlessly scroll through our feeds to unwind or disconnect from the day, we may be causing more disconnection and dissatisfaction than we realize. 

The average internet user in America spends more than 2 hours a day on a social networking platform—that’s five and a half years online over a lifetime. Meanwhile, several studies have discovered that too much time online can cause depression, higher levels of stress, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), risky decision making, problems with mental functioning, paranoia, and loneliness. 

Even the rich and famous are impacted negatively by excessive social media consumption. Recently, “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and her onscreen sister costar Sophie Turner, better known as Arya and Sansa Stark, both attributed social media to their battles with depression, poor self-esteem and, for Turner, thoughts of suicide. These Hollywood starlets are not alone:

An American Psychological Association report found that rates of depression, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen by 63 percent in adults age 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women. A psychology professor at San Diego State University discovered that teens who spend five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide, compared to teens who spent only one hour a day online. This risk increases with only two or more hours spent online. The growing mental health problems associated with social media led to the creation of a new clinical term, “Facebook Depression” to describe depression that develops when teens and preteens spend time on social media sites before exhibiting the classic symptoms of depression.

Before you delete all your social media profiles, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggestssocial media can offer effective distraction, humor, connection to peers, and a wide social network. Plus, increasingly, organizations are offering support services, including depression and suicide intervention services, through social media channels. 

Here are ways you can manage social media to encourage connection and reduce potential negative impacts on your mental health: 

LIMIT YOUR TIME: A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that when participants limited their social media use to 30 minutes a day, they felt significantly better after the three-week study period, reporting reduced depression and loneliness. If you have heightened FOMO, check out these strategies to take back control of your life. BUILD A COMMUNITY: Social media is a great outlet for identifying like-minded individuals. Find events or groups online and connect with them in person. One NIH study showed that when cancer patients used social media for social and emotional support, patients were less likely to suffer from depression than their non-social media user counterparts.  GET HELP: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, recommends ways to find treatments, share your feelings, or get support online and through social media, while at the same time, being aware of your triggers and getting help if you start experiencing negative thoughts.   CONSCIOUSLY FILTER: Unfollow or block negative people. Instead, follow your favorite sport or nonprofit, check out inspirational quotes, DIY hobbies and videos of cute baby animals. Learn to recognize content that negatively impacts how you think and feel. And don’t let body-shaming or click-baiting (false advertising) turn your emotions against you to convince you to buy something. Never before in history has the age-old admonition of “caveat emptor” (buyer beware) been more relevant.

The problem isn’t social media. It’s when digital interactions replace face-to-face encounterswith peers that social anxieties and isolation increase. Social media and our always-on technology enable us to connect like never before. Let’s use that for good, while also remembering to be social outside social media: volunteer, exercise, schedule coffee or lunch with a friend, and get involved in sports, hobbies, and other in-person community activities. 

— Published on July 30, 2019


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This article is about social media, and how it "doesn't feel social". Many people especially teens and young adults start to compare themselves and their life to others post on social media. Not only are people judging themselves and diminishing their own self esteem, they are also spending an extensive amount of time online. Studies show that the average internet user in America "spends more than 2 hours a day on a social network platform". Studies are showing that too much time on these social platforms can cause "depression, higher levels of stress, ADHD, and loneliness". I believe this article is reliable because we see these effects of social media happening in our everyday lives. Many people are on these social networking platforms to feel included when in reality they little by little are deteriorating their own mental health and stability. 
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Vaping is hurting teenage athletes, dashing their future in sports

Vaping is hurting teenage athletes, dashing their future in sports | Global issues | Scoop.it

"Addictions to electronic cigarettes are derailing the dreams of promising young athletes, leaving them struggling to breathe, keep up with their teammates and find motivation to practice.

Take Cade Beauparlant, 18, of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Beauparlant first laced up hockey skates when he was just a few years old, and fell in love with the sport. "Hockey was my life," he told NBC News.

His abilities on the ice developed rapidly. Hockey coaches and recruiters had their eyes on Beauparlant starting in middle school.

"He was such a hard-working, motivated, skillful young kid. He was our best defenseman," Paul Yameen, Beauparlant's high school hockey coach, said. "As soon as he started [vaping], everything changed."

Beauparlant said he was introduced to e-cigarettes during a sleepover with friends in eighth grade. He began "Juuling" in ninth grade, referring to the Juul brand of e-cigarettes, by far the most popular among teens.

Within a year, Beauparlant said he was "extremely addicted," to Juul pods. One pod has roughly the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes, according to Truth Initiative, a nonprofit organization that advocates for tobacco cessation."

 


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This scoop it is just another example of the effects of e-cigarettes. Vaping is very common in middle and highschool, however, many of these children are getting addicted to the harmful drug in it which is nicotine. Many children are now starting to undergo the effects of this drug harming many teens. Many are rushed into hospitals in fatal conditions. I believe this article is reliable, because this issue has come up various times in the recent months since the effects are now starting to hit these teens.  I scooped this article, because i have seen friends of mine have to go to the hospital for this exact issue. 
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In Utah, Teachers Can Carry Guns Into School and Not Tell Anyone

In Utah, Teachers Can Carry Guns Into School and Not Tell Anyone | Global issues | Scoop.it
An elementary school teacher accidentally shot herself in the leg in a Utah school’s bathroom Thursday morning

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I believe that teachers should not carry guns in school. The fact that teachers are not trained using these weapons and the fact that bringing these weapons to school could cause an even bigger threat. This is just one example of teachers not being trained to the maximum extent with these weapons. A teacher shooting herself in the foot is careless and what if it fired off at a child by accident. I do believe that this source is credible. Though the case of someone shooting themselves is not going to happen in many cases, its not completely safe to rule it out. And especially in schools where we trust that our children will be safe, i don't believe that we should be bringing that weapon in the vicinity. 
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john foran's curator insight, October 1, 2014 4:58 AM

Very interesting point of view

 

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Digitally Disconnected: When Social Media Doesn’t Feel Social - 

Digitally Disconnected: When Social Media Doesn’t Feel Social -  | Global issues | Scoop.it

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” 

Yet, when it comes to social media, we often find ourselves comparing our lives, jobs, families, vacations, and bodies to everybody else’s perfect posts. Or, we get caught up in polarizing politics, letting ourselves get sucked into the latest controversial content. While many of us mindlessly scroll through our feeds to unwind or disconnect from the day, we may be causing more disconnection and dissatisfaction than we realize. 

The average internet user in America spends more than 2 hours a day on a social networking platform—that’s five and a half years online over a lifetime. Meanwhile, several studies have discovered that too much time online can cause depression, higher levels of stress, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), risky decision making, problems with mental functioning, paranoia, and loneliness. 

Even the rich and famous are impacted negatively by excessive social media consumption. Recently, “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and her onscreen sister costar Sophie Turner, better known as Arya and Sansa Stark, both attributed social media to their battles with depression, poor self-esteem and, for Turner, thoughts of suicide. These Hollywood starlets are not alone:

An American Psychological Association report found that rates of depression, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen by 63 percent in adults age 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women. A psychology professor at San Diego State University discovered that teens who spend five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide, compared to teens who spent only one hour a day online. This risk increases with only two or more hours spent online. The growing mental health problems associated with social media led to the creation of a new clinical term, “Facebook Depression” to describe depression that develops when teens and preteens spend time on social media sites before exhibiting the classic symptoms of depression.

Before you delete all your social media profiles, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggestssocial media can offer effective distraction, humor, connection to peers, and a wide social network. Plus, increasingly, organizations are offering support services, including depression and suicide intervention services, through social media channels. 

Here are ways you can manage social media to encourage connection and reduce potential negative impacts on your mental health: 

LIMIT YOUR TIME: A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that when participants limited their social media use to 30 minutes a day, they felt significantly better after the three-week study period, reporting reduced depression and loneliness. If you have heightened FOMO, check out these strategies to take back control of your life. BUILD A COMMUNITY: Social media is a great outlet for identifying like-minded individuals. Find events or groups online and connect with them in person. One NIH study showed that when cancer patients used social media for social and emotional support, patients were less likely to suffer from depression than their non-social media user counterparts.  GET HELP: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, recommends ways to find treatments, share your feelings, or get support online and through social media, while at the same time, being aware of your triggers and getting help if you start experiencing negative thoughts.   CONSCIOUSLY FILTER: Unfollow or block negative people. Instead, follow your favorite sport or nonprofit, check out inspirational quotes, DIY hobbies and videos of cute baby animals. Learn to recognize content that negatively impacts how you think and feel. And don’t let body-shaming or click-baiting (false advertising) turn your emotions against you to convince you to buy something. Never before in history has the age-old admonition of “caveat emptor” (buyer beware) been more relevant.

The problem isn’t social media. It’s when digital interactions replace face-to-face encounterswith peers that social anxieties and isolation increase. Social media and our always-on technology enable us to connect like never before. Let’s use that for good, while also remembering to be social outside social media: volunteer, exercise, schedule coffee or lunch with a friend, and get involved in sports, hobbies, and other in-person community activities. 

— Published on July 30, 2019


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ashley romay's insight:
This article is about social media, and how it "doesn't feel social". Many people especially teens and young adults start to compare themselves and their life to others post on social media. Not only are people judging themselves and diminishing their own self esteem, they are also spending an extensive amount of time online. Studies show that the average internet user in America "spends more than 2 hours a day on a social network platform". Studies are showing that too much time on these social platforms can cause "depression, higher levels of stress, ADHD, and loneliness". I believe this article is reliable because we see these effects of social media happening in our everyday lives. Many people are on these social networking platforms to feel included when in reality they little by little are deteriorating their own mental health and stability. 
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We asked people about abortion. Their answers were powerful.

About 1,000 Americans, plus a handful of interviewees in Times Square, show that when it comes to abortion in the US, there's a surprising gray area. Fo

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This youtube video is about abortion, 1000 people were asked if they were pro-life, pro-choice, both, or neither. Though opinions varied, it is agreed this is an issue that our nation and other nations are facing. I believe this is a problem, because children are brought carelessly into this world everyday and aren't cared for correctly. Some parents don't have the economic stability to have a child or they are not mentally stable enough to have a child.In other cases including rape, i agree abortions should be legal, because of the fact that the woman did not choose that pregnancy, they were forced apon and had no choice. However, i dont agree that aboxc rtion should be used as a form of birth control. 
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Jamesetta Lewis's curator insight, October 26, 2016 10:29 PM

In this you tube video of, public opinion, there are different views on pro-life/pro-choice. Out of 1,067 Americans, 26% answered pro-life,  32% pro-choice, 18%, both, and 21% neither.

 

This YouTube video is an excellent, reliable source because it shows the different opinions of Americans . It's not against, or biased toward abortion. It gives the opinions of surveyed Americans concerning the topic.