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The Psychological
Benefits of Social
Media
Photo by Jason Howie
There seems to be a societal tendency to focus on the
way social media negatively affects its users …
Photo by Plymouth Di...
But studies have
shown that social
media has some
positive
psychological
benefits as well.
Photo by Tookapic
We use media to meet
our individual needs:
Facebook shows us a
positive version of
ourselves that boosts our
self-esteem.[...
A survey of college
students indicated
that the heaviest
Facebook users
were most satisfied
with their lives and
exhibited...
Certain types of Facebook
use allow for students to
be better integrated into the
college community because
Facebook:
• Pr...
Introverted
adolescents can
gain social skills by
using social media
because shy
individuals may feel
safer behind a
compu...
Facebook and related social networking sites
allow users to selectively browse through and
reflect on their best moments …...
This reflection
can promote
self-affirmation
(awareness of
one’s own
value).[7]
Photo by Pixabay
Social media has also influenced modern day
friendships …
Photo by Rawpixel.com
57% of teens ages 13 to 17
have made a new friend online.[2]
Photo by Stokpic
64% of teens who have made a
friend online met him or her via social
media (Facebook or Instagram).[2]
Photo by Stokpic
72% of all teens spend time
with friends via social media.[2]
Photo by Stokpic
These social
media-focused
friendships can
have positive
benefits for the
individual …
Photo by Creative Vix
83% of teen social media users say
social media makes them feel more connected
to information about their friends’ lives.[...
68% of teen social media users have
had people on the platforms support them
through tough or challenging times.[2]
Photo ...
Social media
can be relied on
as a coping
strategy by
adolescents
who feel
isolated and
alone.[4]
Photo by Jeshoots
In order for
social media
to benefit us,
we need to
learn how to
use it safely.[4]
Photo by Magicatwork
Some tips for using social media safely and healthily:
• Remember that you are the boss of your technology, not the other ...
References
1. Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook “friends:” Social capital and c...
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Psychological Benefits of Social Media

  1. 1. The Psychological Benefits of Social Media Photo by Jason Howie
  2. 2. There seems to be a societal tendency to focus on the way social media negatively affects its users … Photo by Plymouth District Library
  3. 3. But studies have shown that social media has some positive psychological benefits as well. Photo by Tookapic
  4. 4. We use media to meet our individual needs: Facebook shows us a positive version of ourselves that boosts our self-esteem.[3] Photo by Jeshoots
  5. 5. A survey of college students indicated that the heaviest Facebook users were most satisfied with their lives and exhibited greater social and political engagement.[8] Photo by Kaboompics
  6. 6. Certain types of Facebook use allow for students to be better integrated into the college community because Facebook: • Provides a venue for acquiring information about social events. • Strengthens social ties with newly introduced classmates.[1] Photo by Pixabay
  7. 7. Introverted adolescents can gain social skills by using social media because shy individuals may feel safer behind a computer/phone screen.[5] Photo by Unsplash
  8. 8. Facebook and related social networking sites allow users to selectively browse through and reflect on their best moments …[7] Photo by Picjumbo.com
  9. 9. This reflection can promote self-affirmation (awareness of one’s own value).[7] Photo by Pixabay
  10. 10. Social media has also influenced modern day friendships … Photo by Rawpixel.com
  11. 11. 57% of teens ages 13 to 17 have made a new friend online.[2] Photo by Stokpic
  12. 12. 64% of teens who have made a friend online met him or her via social media (Facebook or Instagram).[2] Photo by Stokpic
  13. 13. 72% of all teens spend time with friends via social media.[2] Photo by Stokpic
  14. 14. These social media-focused friendships can have positive benefits for the individual … Photo by Creative Vix
  15. 15. 83% of teen social media users say social media makes them feel more connected to information about their friends’ lives.[2] Photo by Stokpic
  16. 16. 68% of teen social media users have had people on the platforms support them through tough or challenging times.[2] Photo by Stokpic
  17. 17. Social media can be relied on as a coping strategy by adolescents who feel isolated and alone.[4] Photo by Jeshoots
  18. 18. In order for social media to benefit us, we need to learn how to use it safely.[4] Photo by Magicatwork
  19. 19. Some tips for using social media safely and healthily: • Remember that you are the boss of your technology, not the other way around. • Give yourself permission to take a technology break, if needed. • How you use your social media is unique to you and your goals – don’t use others’ behaviour to determine your own. • Keep a social media diary to track how it makes you feel.[6] Photo by Pixabay
  20. 20. References 1. Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook “friends:” Social capital and college students’ use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1143-1168. 2. Lenhart, A. (2015). Teens, technology, and friendships. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/06/teens-technology-and-friendships/# 3. Matrix, S. (2017). Media use research part 2 of 2 [Vimeo video]. Retrieved from OnQ course website: https://onq.queensu.ca/d2l/le/content/71613/viewContent/860602/View 4. Payne, E. (2015, Aug 08). Teens' poor mental health linked to social media use. The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.proxy.queensu.ca/docview/1702249271?accountid=6180 5. Probst, C. (2015). 10 ways social media affects our mental health. Degreed. Retrieved from http://blog.degreed.com/10-ways-social-media-affects-our-mental-health/ 6. Rutledge, P.B. (2013). The healthy use of social media. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/positively-media/201310/the-healthy-use-social-media 7. Schacter, H. (2015). Me, myselfie, and I: The psychological impact of social media activity. Psychology in Action. Retrieved from http://www.psychologyinaction.org/2015/09/07/me-myselfie-and-i-the-psychological-impact-of- social-media-activity/ 8. Valenzuela, S., Park, N., & Kee, K. F. (2009). Is there social capital in a social network site?: Facebook use and college students’ life satisfaction, trust, and participation. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 14(4), 875-901. All images have Creative Commons licenses, sourced from Flickr and Pexels.

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