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Social Media Effects: It May Be Encouraging Social Isolation

Social Media Effects: It May Be Encouraging Social Isolation

Social media has some of the most incredible potential; it can connect people oceans away from each other, it can create support groups for those in need, it can provide a platform for those without a voice to gain one–the possibilities are endless. Yet there are some negative social media effects becoming more apparent as its use increases in day to day life.

social media effectsTeenagers are known for their social media presence. If you’re between the ages 11 and 18 and don’t at least have a Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat account, it’s kind of strange. But as a society, we’ve only recently begun to stop and ask if social media effects are all positive for our children. And the truth is, they may not be.

Can social media fuel isolation in teens?

Now, I’m not saying that social media causes teens to suddenly start isolating themselves. I am saying that social media possibly has the effect of making isolation tendencies worse. For example, let’s say you have a teen who struggles with social interaction and has a tendency to isolate themselves. Instead of going to the school dance, he decides to stay home.

Now hand him social media. Research shows that it may cause him to feel even more isolated. A new study by the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania found that teens who use social media heavily are 3 times as likely to feel socially isolated.

Some hypothesize that this is because they’re seeing through a screen everyone partaking in different social activities in the real world–and they’re not part of it. This can cause a teen to feel even more alone than before, leading lower confidence and motivation to engage in social interactions.

When a teen logs onto social media and sees that they’re friends are doing something without them, it could elicit feelings of being left out or even more hostile emotions such as jealousy.

Another one of the potentially negative social media effects is using it as a security blanket in uncomfortable situations. As much as we all hate awkward moments in high school, it’s how we learn to navigate the real world. Now, it’s easy to escape those moments of silence by simply checking your phone or acting like you’ve received a notification.

If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with an unhealthy attachment to technology or having issues with social isolation, it’s important to seek out a professional for further guidance.

ViewPoint can help with negative social media effects

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best treatment for your child through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your teen through this hard time.  

For more information about how ViewPoint Center helps with negative social media effects, contact us today at 801-825-5222.