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July 28, 2017

Social Media, Digital Imagery and Youth Anxiety

As social media becomes ever-more prevalent in the lives of today’s youth, there are more questions about its impacts on mental health. New research demonstrates unequivocally that social media presents both new challenges and new solutions in shaping cognitive, mental, and emotional development.

A recent British study released this year by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement fuelled concern. It found that four out the five most popular social media platforms may well be damaging young people’s mental health. A survey of nearly 1,500 fourteen to twenty-four year olds found that usage of these platforms increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.


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Jeffrey Roy

Jeffrey Roy

Jeffrey Roy is Professor in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management. He is a widely published observer and critic of the impacts of digital technologies on government and democracy. He has worked with the United Nations, the OECD, multinational corporations, and all levels of government in Canada. He has produced more than eighty peer-reviewed articles and chapters and his most recent book was published in 2013 by Springer: From Machinery to Mobility: Government and Democracy in a Participative Age. Among other bodies, his research has been funded by the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He may be reached at: roy@dal.ca

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