Inquiry Question: Can the use of social media lead to depression?
Bebinger Martha, “Social Media Anxiety Disorder (SMAD): The Next New Medical Condition?”. Wbur’s Common Health Reform and Reality. Web. 10 April 2012
Summary: This article done by Martha Bebinger on Wbur’s Common Health Reform and Reality website gives you the inside story of how a woman felt after creating a post on social media. Martha then goes on to explain that after the woman had searched the internet for any and all answers explaining how she felt how she then turned to an expert by the name of Stefan Hofmann who is the director of the Social Anxiety Program at Boston University’s Center for ...view middle of the document...
Facebook can also make your friends not like you and it can definitely stress you out. The final point that Benjamin makes is that Facebook is starting to replace time-honored traditions.
Evaluation: The Mental Floss website has a lot of information to offer. Since the website was reflecting the magazine itself it poses questions, states interesting facts, has a knowledge feed, has articles relating to interesting topics, and even has quizzes. On the page with the article itself, there are recommendations for articles that one might be interested in based on that article.
Response: This article is important to answering my inquiry question because it has many valid points that are backed up with statistics. It has positive and negative effects that Facebook can have. I will use this information to relate to other people and show that the effects Facebook can have may not be as obvious as one might think.
Benson Jonathan. “Excessive social media use leads to depression.” Natural News Natural Health News & Scientific Discoveries. Web. 8 December 2012.
Summary: In this article Jonathan sums up the findings of a new study from Michigan State University, which found that excessive media use could lead to symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Jonathan then goes on to explain that this is not the first time that a correlation has been made between social media and mental illnesses however, a study done by Mark Becker has reveled some new information that using multiple forms of media at the same time can also lead to health problems.
Evaluation: This article was taken from the December 8, 2012 issue of Natural News Natural Health News & Scientific Discoveries, which is a science-based natural health advocacy organization, led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams. I find this to be very creditable because of whom it was not only published by but because of also because in 2013, Natural News launched a large research database based on scientific studies whose abstracts are collected in the PubMed resources of the National Library of Medicine.
Response: I believe that this will help me further explain how social media is not only causing anxiety and depression, but when combined with other media can also lead to heath problems. It directly answers my inquiry question and brings to the attention what the effect of combining multiple forms of social media and media can be.
Copeland, Libby. "The Anti-Social Network." Slate Magazine. 26 Jan 2011: n....