Social Media and Mental Health Facts/Context

This is working towards objective 4.B and 1.

The below facts/quotes have been taken as research and potentially for use throughout the Social Media Wellbeing Campaign I am currently exploring and experimenting with. I found that these facts and quotes are resonant with my research question, understanding how and why social media, along with magazines for example, can affect our self-perceptions. This particular Campaign project also focuses on Mental Health issues which can come hand-in-hand with the over-use of social media.

I am hoping that I can take elements of these facts/figures to use in posters and informative booklets for example.

“In fact, in 2012 a team of researchers in the UK surveyed users, 53% of whom said social media had changed their behavior; 51% said it was negative behavior because of decline in confidence they felt due to unfair comparisons to others.”

“A paper linking social media usage to the Freudian ideas of the id, ego, and super-ego cites many examples of positive psychological effects of social media. Perhaps one of the most important points is that social media doesn’t necessarily take us out of the real world. It can instead be used to revive and preserve relationships with other people. Research presented in the journal The British Psychological Society found that students who experience low self-esteem can take advantage of social media and its capability to bond them with others in order to pull themselves up from slumps in their mood.”

Unknown. (2015). 10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health. Available: Last accessed 12th November 2016.