About the book
It is undeniable that social media is now integral in the lives of many people around the world. It provides a range of benefits, and opportunities to empower the users in a variety of ways, such as maintaining social connections and support networks that otherwise wouldn't be possible. At the same time, it has also been blamed for many problems such as data privacy and cyberbullying. While the pros and cons of using social media have been widely discussed, contemporary developments indicate that social media is increasingly affecting mental health. Social media use is said to have caused different types of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, negative body image, dependence on social media approval, unrealistic expectations and many more. Although these negative claims are sound, they have have yet to be significantly proven and supported by research.
On the other hand, there is a strong support for the positive role of social media in creating awareness about mental illness. Conversations and discourses about mental illness on social media can break the stigma and educate the public in general about mental health.
This book contributes to this growing area of inquiry by offering the readers a comprehensive overview on the current developments in the study of social media and mental illness.