EID100 Project: Understanding Online Privacy and Social Media affect on Mental Health
By: Jimmy Bang, Jacqueline Cheng, Julian Louie and Carmen Zhang
Privacy is one of the many topics we recognize as extremely important, however people are not aware of the extent of information they release when using digital platforms such as social media and the means which corporations are exploiting this information. Sometimes it can be a controversy between two parties when there are no ground rules or agreements. The “Understanding Online Privacy” infographic explains how privacy comes into play when an individual starts posting personal information onto social media platforms without being aware of the consequences. As students start to finish their last year in high school, they will soon be adults and their information would be a lot more sensitive and valuable to them, especially criminals looking to use their information for financial gains. We believe the importance of privacy should be learned at an early stage since it not only benefit oneself but to those around you. While posting on social media is based on our own actions, what consequences are there when we view what others post? Another topic we believe that doesn’t get enough exposure is how social media affects our mental health.
In only a decade the adoption and exponential growth of social media has taken over many of our lives, with approximately 3 billion users on social media, the instant gratification and constant source of entertainment has become the norm in our society. With many young teens growing up simultaneously with this technology they may not be aware of the mental and social repercussions of growing up with social media beyond the benefits of connectivity. Many emerging studies claim there maybe correlation between the increase in anxiety, depression and decrease in focus with the rise of social media.
To understand more about online privacy and social media affect on mental health check out the infographics below.
Social Media affect on Mental Health Infographic
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Understanding Online Privacy Infographic
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