Print ISBN: 979-8-89179-069-8
# of Pages: 400
# of Volumes: 1
Print List Price: $165.00
e-ISBN: 979-8-89179-070-4
eBook User Price: $165.00
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Social Media & Your Mental Health

Salem Press
June 2024

Social Media & Your Mental Health is a wide-ranging volume that explains today's social media landscape and examines its ramifications for users. An even-handed selection of essays that neither vilify technology nor ignore the fact that it can have dire repercussions if misused.

Social Media & Your Mental Health includes general background material and profiles of social media's major players, a close look at how being online excessively can affect your physical and mental well-being, digital relationship-building, and much more.  With timely pieces on unrealistic beauty standards, how digital content is skewing our political discourse, and scammers who prey on the elderly, Social Media & Your Mental Health will be of interest to anyone who has ever shared a post or clicked a "like" button.

Articles begin with a brief introduction, followed by full discussion of the topic, and all articles end with a list of reference sources for readers to explore further. Individual articles cover such topics as:

  • Buying into Social Media
  • Texting addiction
  • How Americans View Social Media
  • Withdrawal
  • Psychology of Social Media
  • Digital Detox
  • Social Media and the Psychosocial
  • Social Media and Isolation
  • Children and behavioral addictions
  • Psychological dependence
  • Addictive personality and behaviors
  • Social Media and Unrealistic Beauty Standards
  • Dopamine and addiction
  • Social Media and Anorexia/Eating Disorders
  • Media and behavioral addictions
  • Disruptions of Sleep Patterns
  • Technology addiction
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyberstalking
  • Online Relationships
  • Peer Pressure
  • Spread of Conspiracy Theories
  • Ending Unhealthy Relationships
  • Computer Ethics
  • Love and relationship addiction
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Social Media and Law Enforcement
  • Teen Mental Health
  • Social Media as a Teaching Tool
  • Attention-Seeking Behaviors
  • Help-Seeking
  • Internet Safety
  • Social support and mental health
  • Privacy Settings
  • Support Groups

Social Media & Your Mental Health begins with a comprehensive introduction that clarifies the scope of the volume in relation to the ever evolving correlation between social media usage and mental health. This is followed by over 150 entries written with the layperson in mind, to help users better understand how mental health can be impacted by social media use, how to avoid unhealthy relationships with and within social media, and how to spot and avoid harmful digital interactions.

Articles are arranged into the following categories to help readers explore this comprehensive collection of articles:

  • Basic Terms & Concepts
  • Social Media - Major Players
  • Addictions
  • Addiction in the Digital Age
  • Impact on Physical and Mental Well-being
  • Unhealthy Relationships
  • Other Dangers
  • Children and teens
  • Adults and Seniors
  • The Positives

This work also contains helpful appendices, including: Charts and graphs from federal and other sources; Glossary; Timeline; Websites and Organizations; Bibliography; and Subject Index.

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