Outline for The Effect Social Media has on Mental Health



  1. Thesis: Social media has a negative effect on mental illness because our generation thrives off of spending time scrolling through pages while forgetting reality exist, which causes unhealthy biases and mental states.

Body of Research

  1. Mental health
    1. Depression
    2. Anxiety
    3. Body dysmorphia
  2. Social media
    1. Platforms used
      1. Instagram: what is mostly posted? Personal vs. Commercial? Purpose of Instagram?
      2. Twitter: What is usually shared/ posted? What the purpose is? Personal vs. Commercial?
      3. Facebook: Purpose? Used most for? Personal vs. Business accounts?
    2. Positives of Social Media: marketing, connecting, individualism
    3. Negatives of social media: time spent, biases, shares and likes, judgement, comparing accounts to individuals and others, depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia
  3. Generation (Millenials)
    1. Trends in this generation found through social media
      1. Body: perceived image
      2. Posts: portrayal of life
      3. Time spent on social media: time spent on scrolling and time spent posting individual thoughts
      4. Most usage of social media through different ages: What age has the most usage? What their posts are? What mental health statistics are for that genre

  1. Negative effects social media has on mental illness
    1. Depression related to social media: memes, posts, time spent
    2. Anxiety related to social media: counting likes, waiting effect, addiction to platforms
    3. Body dysmorphia related to social media: comparing bodies, unhealthy weight loss/ weight gain, anorexia, seeing yourself less than you are, “Looks are everything”


  1. Restate thesis, powerful: reinforce connection to negative effects of social media to mental health
  2. Wrap up lose ends: connection to data and research from body of paper
  3. Connect back to research


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