Hi! My name is Amy Suk and I am a fourth-year Professional Communication student minoring in Design. I have a huge appreciation for all things design and have experience creating content and visual graphics. Once I finish my undergrad studies, I am hoping to travel and find a creative job abroad. As a freelance graphic designer, a lot of the work I do for clients involves social media and having a strong social media presence. For my capstone project, I want to explore the harmful impacts of social media since we can’t seem to live without it.
Social media has become increasingly popular over the last decade as digital technology has become ubiquitous. The use of social media has become embedded within our daily routines, causing many users to form a heavy dependency on it. This is because these applications are designed to be addictive. They are designed to offer a plethora of content, ultimately distorting our reality through controlled technologies and algorithms. Social media platforms can cause users to engage in excessive or compulsive use, eventually resulting in a harmful impact on an individual’s well-being and like any drug addiction, social media is just as addictive. Engaging in social media is a dopamine-fueled social behaviour, that triggers chemical reactions through the constant stream of engagements. With the recent outbreak of the pandemic, many of us have found ourselves with more time on our hands. The purpose of this research is to focus on the correlation between the frequent usage of social media, and the dependency that causes to influence one’s mental health and well-being.
social media, addiction, mental health