The coupling of social media and a rapid decrease in people’s emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused both harm and good.
On one hand, pathways of communication about topics like depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues have become more widespread. Teens can now easily talk about these issues without feeling alone or misunderstood.
“Social media allows kids to connect with others who may have the same issues as them, even anonymously if they want,” junior John Sader said. “While I don’t personally struggle with mental health, I know plenty who have found help online.”
Mental health issues becoming widely discussed amongst teenagers and young adults has also removed some of the stigma and indignity around these topics. In a way, social media has become a support group for teens to come to with their darkest issues and hidden problems.
On the other hand, teens opening up about their own personal issues has created new problems. Many teens have become so used to hearing about serious mental health matters it seems that they are not as affected by them.
This new apathetic mindset surrounding the serious topics of depression and anxiety amongst others has led to a decrease in the sensitivity of the subject. While mental health is no longer so taboo, a new culture of apathy and indifference has developed a strong grip on the topic.