A Study on Impact of Social Media on Youth’s Mental Health in Covid-19 Pandemic



Research problem..

Existing Literature:


Analysis and Discussion of your research.



Introduction to New Media and Society

The purpose of the paper is to examine and understand how young people mental health as impacted by the use of social media during the pandemic times. The young mental health have shown deteriorating mental health and it has been purely due to the rise in the anxiety levels and there, parents reported that the health of the children (especially from the teenager's group of the aged 13–18) has been highly impacted and it has been largely due to the technology and social media, that has been impacted with the social distancing (Zhong, 2020). Eventually, there has also been an impacting factor like the controlling for demographic factors, having an impact over the structural equation models that have shown the young minds with the extreme high problems and the young minds showing the high anxiety levels (as reported by parents) (Ahmad, 2020). This has been widely due to the use of social media along with the phones to connect. This has caused the problem for the anxiety due to the high use of the social media that has adequately been supportive of the social support along with using the information-seeking(Zhong, 2020). Depending on the results, the utilization of the social media by public health officials has also helped to use the collecting, collating along with necessarily using it with the dispersing accurate crisis-related information. Due to the social media use, there has also been an impact that has caused the false rumours that can also cause the erroneous behavioural action and also has impacted in the stress and anxiety.

Research Question

 Is compulsive social media use amid COVID-19 pandemic addictive behaviour or coping mechanism?

Research Problem

Social media whether active or the using it passively has also caused the rates of the tension and anxiety directly associated with the higher depression and experiencing the lower problems (Courtney, 2020). For example, during the pandemic, there were false rumours and the false information that economy would be cut down on the face masks, sanitization has been out of stock that has caused people to over purchase and do things which were not rationale. Similar, the pandemic news of the number of deaths, how they are cremated and treated, was the other information shared round the clock, that has been criticized and being openly associated with the higher to the lower levels of depression. Similar, it has been used to the users' perspectives, There can also be an issue of the social media that would cause the impact to the high levels of anxiety/depression and there can also be social media and cause both stress and social support. It is also the high cause of anxiety/depression that if some friends cite or some don’t. There can also be a key source, that would deteriorating health levels of stress and the other factors, that can be faced on social media rather than facing it on face-to-face social interactions.

Existing Literature

Courtney (2020) has mentioned that due to the wide use of social media, there has been an impact on young minds. Social media has caused the numerous social problems and there has also been an informational purpose, and there has been evidenced that it has been due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that can impact over the social media. The same can be due to the consequent impact that has shown the impact on the global young minds. Due to the increased use of the social media, it has also caused a cultural impact that impacted the early collective culture. There has also been an impact over the pervasiveness ad with this the social media, has also impacted the critical source of information, that has found social support with the cress. Such as, there has been a social media that has shown the government agencies, that has also caused the field and dispense information. Same can also be impacted to the effective ways of managing the disasters and it can be a cause of the impact to the citizens that can even post or gather information and aim to identify the seek social support that can impact in the social effects. Guessoum et al (2020) has mentioned that through the addiction in the social messaging, the same cause and the impact has been seen in the social messaging (WeChat) and has caused deteriorated social stress, leading to impactful stressful life events, that have shown a lower use of social media that can post the problem in the processed trauma. With the derived benefits, the cause of the downfalls has also caused the impact on the social media that can be used at the times of the spread misinformation along with the false rumours that have further caused panic and even have caused the spur erroneous behavioural action. Moreno et al (2020) ahs mentioned it would be an impact on the anxiety and the medication. With the level of the anxiety, there has also been an express, quell anxiety along with the showing incites anxiety, causing the social media use of the feelings with the crisis. Rossi et al (2020) has mentioned it has also posed a problem to the crisis events and has caused stressful events, leading to high anxiety levels... It is a response to the pandemic attack and it has been due to the affected countries and mental health support. 

Same is for the other event crises, that have caused higher levels of fear, anxiety and attacks over the dualistic effect. It is due to the social media along with the deteriorating impacts in relationship with mental health that has caused the exploration.

Methodology of New Media and Society

Participants and Procedure

Data that has been used in the brief online survey has been used as the intent to the individuals' experiences, that has caused the ramifications of COVID-19 (such as the social distancing, facing the problem of the changes in work status, experiencing the anxiety levels and the problem of technology use). Participants were the USA residents below 18 years of age—that were seen with the results and the impacts o social Media. The experiences were recorded through the data that has been used on March 20 to March 25, 2020, and it was also an impact due to the 523 responses; that included approximately the 260 parents that have been child aged 19 years and were younger.

The sample showed (n = 260), parents that have shown on an average 40.07 years old (standard deviation [SD] = 7.51; range = 22 to 62), along with the showing the 85 present informed how there has been female, 91 present were living alongside with the marital/romantic partner, 79 present that the child impacting.

Table 1. Sample Demographics




Per cent














 Did not respond




Financial preparedness




 0 weeks




 1 to 2 weeks




 3 to 4 weeks




 5 to 6 weeks




 7 or more weeks




 Did not respond








Youngest child age




 0 to 5 years




 6 to 12 years




 13 to 19 years




More than one child




Staying home

 Recommend stay home




 Shelter in place




 School/childcare closed




Work stress




 Now work remote




 Let go from job permanently




 Let go from job temporarily




 Hours reduced




 Hours increased




 Partner now work remote




 Partner let go from job permanently




 Partner let go from job temporarily




 Partner hours reduced




 Partner hours increased




Analysis and Discussion of Your Research

Financial Preparedness

It has shown a higher level of the low financial status and with the falling household needs along with the low demands.

Covid-Related Work Stress

There was also a problem of the high stress and it has created the major problem, in the panic. With the lockdown situation and showing the higher levels of stress, there was also similar to the “COVID related work stress and the major problems (Rossi, et al 2020).

Parent Anxiety

It parent anxiety there can also be a caused to impact on the young minds, with the shutdown of schools, online classes and there was also the higher level of the declining needs.

Child Anxiety

The problem of the child undergoing of not going out, watching television and getting connected with peers along with attending the online classes. All these were the poor detrimental factors and has cussed higher anxiety levels(Saltzman, 2020).

Social Distancing on Mental Health

Due to the lack of social distancing, facing the problem of the isolation and even the negative effects overall, it has impacted the mental health. It has caused him to determine health and even impacted the overall restrictions which can be faced. The child and the young minds have to undergo the deteriorating health and it has been alone of the problematic factors.

Increase in Technology

Participants also showed, the higher addiction rate, getting impact due to the sharing new information and getting impacted. Higher social media engagements, getting active, getting impacted, creating issues and even facing overall negativity.

Conclusion on New Media and Society

It is concluded, that the problem of the social media and the impact on the young minds were the high level of anxiety, fear and the other related problems. Due to the social media use, there has also been an impact that has caused the false rumours that can also cause erroneous behavioural action and also has impacted in the stress and anxiety. This has caused the problem for the anxiety due to the high use of the social media that has adequately been supportive of the social support along with using the information seeking. Depending on the results, the utilization of the social media by public health officials has also helped to use the collecting, collating along with necessarily using it with the dispersing accurate crisis-related information.

References for New Media and Society

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Courtney, D., Watson, P., Battaglia, M., Mulsant, B. H., & Szatmari, P. (2020). COVID-19 impacts on child and youth anxiety and depression: challenges and opportunities. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry65(10), 688-691.

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Guessoum, S. B., Lachal, J., Radjack, R., Carretier, E., Minassian, S., Benoit, L., & Moro, M. R. (2020). Adolescent psychiatric disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Psychiatry Research, 113264.

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