First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Tinamarie DadicFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Beekey Dr. Loris Dr. Rober

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

As the second leading cause of death for young adults, suicide rates are on the rise in the United States and strike many as a cause for concern. With the ever-increasing amount of social media present in today’s society – especially among the young adult population, there are correlations between the negative aspects of social media and the overall well-being and mental health decline of U.S. adolescents. However, the discrepancy is that many teenagers use social media as a coping mechanism or as a means to seek support from their community, potentially through an anonymous state. Yet, the link between social media and youth suicidal tendencies has been connected to negative social media usage and the depressive or harmful symptoms that result from using media for destructive purposes. Although social media can be used for both beneficial and destructive means, the increase in suicide rates of U.S. adolescents suggests a correlation between harmful social media usage and despondency in youth mental health. Potential risk factors that lead to deliberate-self harm (DSH) in adolescents are the heavy usage of social media, detrimental uses of media platforms, cyberbullying experiences, or exposure to violence and self-harm. Nevertheless, valuable connections can overcome the damaging media through the use of online platforms for social support, community outreach, and education or awareness within these platforms.

College and Major available

Biology

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN-300-C, Dr. Loris, Dr. Rober

Location

Session M: West Campus West Building W144

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:15 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 2:15 PM

Students' Information

Biology Major

Chemistry Minor

Honors Student

Graduating in 2023

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Apr 29th, 1:15 PM Apr 29th, 2:15 PM

Hashtag Suicide: Social Media Correlates to American Adolescent Suicide Deaths

Session M: West Campus West Building W144

As the second leading cause of death for young adults, suicide rates are on the rise in the United States and strike many as a cause for concern. With the ever-increasing amount of social media present in today’s society – especially among the young adult population, there are correlations between the negative aspects of social media and the overall well-being and mental health decline of U.S. adolescents. However, the discrepancy is that many teenagers use social media as a coping mechanism or as a means to seek support from their community, potentially through an anonymous state. Yet, the link between social media and youth suicidal tendencies has been connected to negative social media usage and the depressive or harmful symptoms that result from using media for destructive purposes. Although social media can be used for both beneficial and destructive means, the increase in suicide rates of U.S. adolescents suggests a correlation between harmful social media usage and despondency in youth mental health. Potential risk factors that lead to deliberate-self harm (DSH) in adolescents are the heavy usage of social media, detrimental uses of media platforms, cyberbullying experiences, or exposure to violence and self-harm. Nevertheless, valuable connections can overcome the damaging media through the use of online platforms for social support, community outreach, and education or awareness within these platforms.

 

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