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Social Media and Mental Illness

Shafizan Mohamed

International Islamic University Malaysia


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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.

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Date completed: October 23rd 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: May 17th 2020

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Review results due: August 5th 2020

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Expected publication date: October 4th 2020

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About the editor

Shafizan Mohamed

International Islamic University Malaysia

Shafizan Mohamed currently works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia. Dr. Shafizan does research in Information Technology and Politics, Qualitative Social Research and Communication and Media. Her current project is 'Media and Citizenship in Malaysia'. She has published 6 chapters, more than 16 articles and attended many conferences. Dr. Mohamed is also currently co-editing a book entitled "Mass Communication".

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