Social Media & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use
This presentation focuses on current research on the impact of social media use, specifically on youth. Popular social media apps and uses are detailed, including statistics on texting and gaming. The presentation includes social media use and the link between feelings of social isolation, loneliness, and lack of social engagement. The internet paradox is reviewed, including its foundation study. Up-to-date mental health statistics related to youth is covered, specifically between the ages of 12- 17 years old. Additionally, an overview on youth substance use and increased risk factors related to mental health and social media use is given. A discussion around ways to have healthy social media use among youth takes place.
1. Identify common social media apps
2. Define the internet paradox
3. Describe the link between youth social media use and social isolation and loneliness
4. Interpret youth substance use risk factors and their relationship to social media usage
Certified Prevention Specialist