Teenage Depression is not something new, but Social Media and its effect on depression is. Today’s teens are so plugged in to Social Media and their smart phones that it is effecting how they interact with their peers. Social Media has taken the place of interacting with others in person, and thus has affected the teens ability to recognize social cues such as body language and tone of voice. Relying solely on social media has hindered communication with one another.
The problem with Social Media is that social media allows one to present whatever image of themselves they want to present. Often, this image is far from accurate. This is especially dangerous for teens, as they have a need to always fit in with the crowd. They feel pressured to be like their friends on social media and when they can’t achieve it, it can cause them to feel depressed. Social Media is also an avenue for Cyberbullying. Rumors, embarrassing pictures or situations can spread on social media like wildfire and the effects of the fallout from such a situation can cause a teen to contemplate Suicide.
Social Media is here to stay. The best thing that you can do to help your teen navigate social media and its effects is to always keep the lines of communication open. Let them know that they can come to you about any and everything. Also helping them understand, that nobody Is perfect and we all project what we want to be will go a long way in helping them navigate social media.