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Counseling services discusses social media and its effect on mental health

By Ixchel Sotelo
On February 7, 2020

ASU counseling services gave a presen­tation titled “The Psychological Impact of Social Media” on Jan. 29 in the Houston Harte Universi­ty Center.

Mark Rehm, director of counseling ser­vices, presented the negative and positive effects of media platforms.

The presentation featured videos on the topic, correlations between mental health and so­cial media and statistics regarding cyberbullying.

“Excessive social media usage has shown to lead to higher symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem issues,” Rehm said. “Also, there are many great benefits of social media and we just wanted to discuss those that have a healthy interaction.”

Rehm displayed a series of questions re­garding the audience’s social media habits and en­couraged a group discussion about them.

“I think it is something that people should be aware of because everyone uses social media, especially in college,” senior Desiree Bell said. “Our generation was raised using it so it's important to be aware of the psychological effects. When we are engaging with these plateforms, we should use it in a positive way because we are in control of how we use it, not the other way around.”

According to the presentation, 74% of the U.S. population has an active social media ac­count, making it a modern epidemic.

“We’re not saying social media is bad,” Rehm said. “We are saying to just be aware of overusing it and if you ever have any stress due to it, we would be glad to talk to you at the counsel­ing center.”

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