A Qualitative Investigation into The Effects of Social Media on Psychological Wellbeing and Relationships.
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Social media is becoming an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, with 89% of young people aged 18-25 using at least one social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) on a daily basis (The Guardian, 2017). Many researchers believe that social media is an increasing problem for mental wellbeing and health as well as relationships, with many believing that social media is heavily implicated in mental health issues such as depression, self-esteem issues and problems in interpersonal relationship formation and maintenance (Lin, 2016). On the contrary, other researchers believe these outcomes to be largely positive (Gonzalez and Hancock, 2011). This study aimed to explore both the positive and negatives outcomes of social media on wellbeing and relationships. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted on two males and two females aged 18-25. Five themes emerged from the data: Low mood and anxiety, low self-esteem, expanding social networks, cyberbullying, and impairing relationships.
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