- Social media and suicide
- Social media platforms are based on likes which can cause suicide
- Digital content receives likes and can cause users to commit suicide
- Number of likes on social media content determines social status which can lead to suicide
- Social status which can be built up on social media platforms can determine self-worth and therefor cause suicide.
Working Hypothesis: If social media sites get rid of allowing the amount of likes a user gets on to be shown on their uploaded digital content, suicide rates will lower, and self-worth will improve all due to a more equal appearance of social status.
“How many likes did I get?”
Positive feedback on social media allows for people, especially teens, to develop a greater self-worth. Included in this article is a study that was conducted to test just that, with Facebook profile pictures and likes. Positive feedback is proven to increase self esteem among users in this study and even shown to make people feel like they have a purpose. This article highly supports the theory I have, and even gives analytical data that was conducted in an experiment to support it.
“Social Media and Suicide”
Social media is highly linked to suicide in teens and young adults who use the platform. This article aims to show what affect social media can play on someone’s behavior, especially when linked to suicide. Positive and negatives of social media interaction are discussed as well as what approaches the public should be taking to mitigate these risks. Also touched on in this article is how social media can play as a positive in peoples lives if it is in a good light. (need to get access through library) https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300608
“Impact of Social Media on Self Esteem”
The main issue that we run into with social media is how we feel after the likes and comments. Over the last few years social media has become increasingly popular with teens and in turn plays a part in their everyday emotions. This paper specifically shows how self esteem has lowered among social media users. The paper gives specific data on self esteem and how much it lowered when used for an hour a day. An astounding number of people are present on social media and with the interactions taking place on these sites daily, self esteem scores are only decreasing. The link between social media and self-esteem proves to be negative from the research gathered.
“Self Esteem Levels and Selfies”
Self esteem and selfies that are posted online have a strong correlation. If the picture gets a good reaction with a lot of comment’s and like’s, this can lead to gratification in someone’s life. Strange the way your mood can now be determined by something completely online. Someone who has higher self esteem is able to post and take more selfies, opposed to someone who is less confident in themselves. In addition, the user’s sexual orientation, age, and gender all play a factor into self-verification on social media as well. (This paper pulls a lot of good other sources to check out later down the line).
“The effects of Instagram”
Social media among college students is increasingly popular as we already know. The psychological wellbeing of a student can be strictly determined based on what’s happening in their social media aspect. Cognitive function is being affected due to social media presence and specifically effecting anxiety levels, self-esteem, and memory. An experimental group was put to the test to prove these true and in fact, the evidence of using Instagram heightened users’ levels of FOMO, and anxiety. The question now becomes how we get this under control. Do we do away with social media completely? Is that even possible in this century? Would showing images without likes on them make a difference?
Topics for Smaller Papers
I could devote a smaller topic of what specific social media sources play the highest roles in self-esteem. I could even dive into what age group is most effected or education level. I’m having a little trouble with what else I could go into specifically.
My argument already is cause and effect. I could say social media decreases self-esteem in college students and therefor increases the risk of suicide. I could also link it to the number of likes someone gets playing a role in how they feel and if they post to social media frequently or not. Another cause and effect that could be looked at is the demand for social media will never go away so neither will the platforms nor likes completely.
A counterargument of my essay could be don’t use social media if you don’t like how it makes you feel. Someone could easily say to stay off it or don’t make an account. This is flawed because it is the social norm, and everyone has access to electronics. With this being said, someone who is younger will be affected and parents or guardians really don’t have a way to make sure children aren’t on the sites for sure.
Current state of research paper
I feel like I am making great progress. The meeting with you helped and I was able to find a huge number of sources available to me. I have not found any papers with my ex act hypothesis yet so that is a good thing. However, I have found plenty of evidence that points to social media being detrimental to teen development and playing a negative role in a cognitive abilities. From here I hope to keep digging and find sources. I haven’t looked at Wikipedia yet to find further sources. My views have solidified from all of the findings and writing the purposeful summaries helped to give me a road map of each source specifically. I anticipate my outcome to be writing my thesis on this topic. I am super interested in it and found a lot of good information. I hope I can keep working on this and find even more thing to put a good argument together.