Itzel Rivas – The Effects of Social Media On Our Mental Health

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Faculty mentor: CoCo James

Artist’s Statement: Technological advancements have, now more than ever, proven to be beneficial to our society, but technology such as social media may contribute to mental health decline in high school aged students that results in low self-esteem among users. Technological advancements have increasingly become a big, if not necessary, part of our lives. One of these advancements is social media. The ability to connect with people across the globe, instantly, has allowed us more opportunities and opened many doors for us as a society. At what point does this technological wonder become something detrimental to our health? What is the cost of living our lives online, connecting to thousands of people with only the touch of one button? Research shows that social media usage among people, and more specifically teenage students, leads to declines in mental health wellness. I chose a digital representation as sort of an homage to the topic being analyzed, which is digital media. Our mental health, represented by a brain, has the presence of social media looming behind it at all times. How many times do we see sunset or a beach and see that most if not all of the people there are holding their phones, taking pictures to share with their followers? It clouds our minds with a thick fog of others’ opinions or comparisons of ourselves. A person could easily lose their sense of self in this darkness that is beauty standards, which are only amplified on the countless apps we sign ourselves up for and submit hours of our time and insurmountable amounts of energy, day by day, night after night.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: itzel.rivas@utah.edu

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