How certain social media content is negatively shaping future of New Jersey youth
In a world where many are often consumed by social media, the impacts that viewing and being influenced by the content portrayed on these sites has on human behavior -- particularly that of teenagers and youth -- is a concern and something to be looked more into moving forward.
It's scary to see such deriving, repugnant content being written or videos being posted across social media sites with authors throwing caution to the wind without a though of how their posts are impacting others in any number of ways.
Ask yourself, how does what you see on social media sites impact your day from that moment onward -- is it something positive that makes you happy or something negative that makes you angry or sad?
The youth -- from children to teenagers -- have such impressionable minds and sometimes with some things they see on social media, it impacts them in a concerning way.
Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, the Chair of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center with Hackensack Meridian Health in Neptune City, joined us on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk on Sunday morning to discuss this topic as well as mental health stigma, what topics to avoid at Thanksgiving and more.
"I believe this is something that this is absolutely something that can be used for good or evil, right, it's not the invention, it's what you do with it," Dr. Solhkhah said. "You think of increased communication, increased awareness, increased way of us learning things that have been really remarkable with social media, but, particularly for teens, it's a really volatile forum because you don't have -- you lose many of the social cues that we all rely on, right, whether the face is smiling or frowning, it says something to us, the tone, all of those things. How many of us have gotten caught up in email battles where it was like 'I didn't mean it that way, what are you doing?' and it was because you sort of lost all that human expression of emotion through non-verbal stuff."
Much in the way a school has hours, your work place has hours and so forth, social media has no hours, and people can post whenever they wish.
"I think back to when I was a kid, if I was bullied, if my friends were bullied, that was a time limited piece and not that it was nice, but, I could go home and I'd be able to decompress, connect with my friends -- but this bullying occurs 24/7/365, those social influencers can become very damaging because of that constant exposure," Dr. Solhkhah said. "I think that was part of the reason that we were seeing children's mental health and teen mental health, even before the pandemic, just really being such a focal point because kids are being inundated by these negative pressures constantly."
Celebrities, entertainers, athletes, politicians, and others like anyone else can use the social media platforms for good or evil, but their voice can be louder than the rest of society.
And to that point, if a celebrity posts written content or a video about what they're doing and encouraging you to do the same, many follow in those footsteps and while a lot of times there is a great deal of good that comes with it, that instructional post isn't always a good thing.
"Just because someone says it on the internet -- when I was a kid, it was like 'well, I saw it on TV, so, it must be real' -- now, it's if it's on social media, than, it must be real -- we saw a lot of that, frankly, on the issue around vaccines -- I certainly don't want to derail us and go off in that direction -- but, educated people have a right to have different opinions, but, at some point you have to rely on professionals," Dr. Solhkhah said.
You can listen to the full conversation that we had with Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, Chair of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center on 'Shore Time with Vin and Dave' on 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk, right here.