Running head: CONTROVERSY IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA 1Controversy in Psychology and Social MediaStudent’s nameCourseDate
CONTROVERSY IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA 2Controversy in Psychology and Social MediaAbstractWithin the past 10 years, electronic technology has brought about a lot of changes in interaction and communication between people. It has not been well established whether such changes affect given normal aspects of human behavior as well as causing psychiatric issues. Some studies show that using social networking sites for a long period of time, for instance, Facebook may lead to one developing signs of depression. Additionally, other researchers have indicated that some online activities are related to the user having low esteem especially for children and the youth. On the other hand, some scholars have presented positive results on the impact of social networking. The use of social networking sites and its relation to mental problems hence remains a controversy, hence research on this issue has been a bit challenging. This research will focus on recent findings in relation to the connection between social networking and issues of mental health such as depression, self-esteem, as well as internet addiction. IntroductionWithin the last decade, there has been a very rapid development with the social networking sites. Such sites include; Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and many others. Such sites have brought about lots of profound changes in the ways in which people communicate as well as interact. Facebook is known to be the most popular social networking site, with more than a billion users. It has also been estimated that in future, Facebook users will significantly increase in numbers, and especially for the developing countries. Facebook users are both on business as well as personal communications. Hence a positive side on social networking, where this
CONTROVERSY IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA 3application is very advantageous in enhancing connectivity, online learning as well as sharing ideas. However, some researchers have been associating social networking with psychological disorders which include depression, anxiety, as well as low self-esteem. Social networking as a relatively recent phenomenon has raised many questions on the potential impact for mental health and this has remained unanswered. With the increasing popularity of this online networking services among the general population, a connection between social networking and mental well-being in the future will raise a major concern on public health (Ciarán, 2015).