Sex and the Internet: Social Media and Mental health

Sex and the Internet: Social Media and Mental health


[ Music ] We’ve seen lots of studies about
— there are lots of articles about how Facebook makes us
unhappy or how social media does. So what is kind of the long-term impact
of that, of that extra comparison? Now you’re not just looking at
celebrities and how you look. You’re looking at your friends
or your friend’s friends and does that affect a developing teenager.>>Yeah, so there’s been a couple studies
done where girls are much more likely to do what’s called downward social comparisons,
where they’ll really fixate on their friends who look really pretty in their profile picture
or who look like they’re having so much fun or have so many likes or so many friends and
really feel worse about themselves versus focusing on the other, you know, hundred friends
that you have that maybe don’t look so great in their profile picture or
don’t have that many friends. So it is something that if you already
kind of have a tendency to be insecure, which a lot of adolescent girls do for a
variety of reasons, it does sort of add that potential reminder, particularly,
if you’re checking it all day long. That, you know, I’m not good enough. Look at how pretty she is. I’m not good enough. So it’s important to remind girls not to compare
themselves to their friends or to strangers online and think of ways in which you can really
interact with them so that they understand that. [ Music ]

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