Cell phones, social media, and mental health
Most adults use at least three social media platforms and check these accounts daily, according to Pew research. And half of young adults - those between the ages of 18 and 24 - said it would be difficult to give up their social media accounts cold turkey. There are benefits of social media, of course, including the ability to anonymously reach out to therapists at some counseling centers. Yet, at the same time, some have reported that social media - often a highlight reel of people's lives - has made them feel more isolated than ever and has negatively affected their mental health. We’re working on a reporting project about this topic and want to hear your thoughts. You can help us out by answering the questions below. Thanks.
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How old are you? *
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What town do you live in? *
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What social media apps do you regularly use? *
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In one word, how would you describe your relationship with your cell phone and your social media accounts? *
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Have you ever thought about deleting any social media accounts? If so, which ones and why? *
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How often would you say you check your phone (for any non-work purposes)? *
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How much of your day would you guess is spent using your phone (for any non-work purposes)? *
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Have you had any experiences during which something you saw on your phone or social media feed affected your mental health, temporarily or long-term? *
Please explain, in as much detail as you are comfortable, what you saw and how it affected you. *
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If you are comfortable doing so, please leave a phone number where a reporter might be able to reach you for follow-up questions. *
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