Connections between Social Media and Depression


Robert Cowser

Social media is commonplace in the world as we know it. It’s a place where people can post about their life and where they visit and talk with either friends or family members. But there’s a dark place in social media called cyber bullies. Cyberbullies comment hurtful words like “you’re so ugly,” “you’re too fat for that.” These kinds of comments can crush a person’s spirit and can cause that person to feel distressed and think differently about themselves causing insecurity.


According to several studies of teenage and young adult users who spend the most time on Instagram or Facebook and other platforms were shown to have a substantially higher rate of reported depression than those who consumed the least time. Does that mean that Instagram and Facebook are actually causing depression? These studies show a correlation, not causation. A 2017 study of over half a million, 8th through 12th graders found that the number exhibiting high levels of depressive symptoms increased by 33 percent between 2010 and 2015. In the same period, the suicide rate for girls in that age group increased by 65 percent.