Many young people benefit from using social media. Some teens have reported feeling less isolated, more connected to friends and job opportunities, and more confident and outgoing when using social media. But for others, social media sparks feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Instagram, in particular, with its emphasis on upbeat images and getting “likes,” can negatively impact the mental health of teens. Listen to a college student describe her struggles with social media and then debate: Is social media bad for mental health?
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