16 Replies to “How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood?”

  1. Myles seems to cast doubt on the comments that television had an effect on families (your evidence?). I think it *has* changed the family dynamic (no evidence, just my opinion) — though whether it’s good or bad is itself debatable. And the way that families interact with television has changed over time. For example, think of the nuclear family arrayed around the TV during the 50’s and 60’s. This was itself a continuation of the family sitting around the radio sets of the 30’s and 40’s. The multiplicity of available channels (cable, satellite, Internet) today has increased the opportunities for each family member to find their own niche entertainment format. This that a good thing or bad thing? I think it depends on how the family responds to it. Some will create opportunities for family solidarity (no devices at the dinner table) while others may splinter (take meals in their rooms). I think this means that new challenges will present themselves with social media and that families will have to find a way to adapt to this and any future developments in technology.

  2. I find that I have a terrible mood once the heroin wears off, but I have a very simple solution.. use more…. is exactly what your “Facebook expert” is saying. I think you are reacting to the “won’t someone think of the children” “news” headlines and letting them highlight “social media” as the “big scary”. If you want to improve your mood then do nice stuff for and with others.

  3. My social media use is limited to, in order of duration: blogs, Reddit, and (very rarely) Twitter. Which probably explains why I’m a jaded and cynical old bugger. On the other hand, here I am interacting in a YouTube comments section, which presumably means that I’m also argumentative.

    Funny how each expression of social media has its stereotypical behaviours. I wonder how closely they correlate with the truth.

  4. This was awesome and really well researched. I really appreciate the source links being shared too, and really, really appreciate that you talked about the sample population used for that snapchat source. I almost think that the sample population should be required to be in the titles of scientific studies. The names are already long, so why not make them a bit longer and more informative!

  5. I will admit that after my echo bubble burst last November, I ended up turning to Utube as comfort food as I didn’t need to expend energy and could just let it wash over me. Now I find myself subscribed to 3 or 4 dozen sites and having BingWatched them I do look forward to new postings with the same anticipation and prioritization that I did Certain TV programs as a child. That is a form of addiction . Now I have to figure out whether it’s good or bad and how much time I can let it consume.

  6. Aren’t you guilty of falling into the same fake news trap that you warned against with your GLAD system? D: Determine opinions of OUTSIDE sources. You relied on a Facebook employee to tell you whether Facebook causes psychological damage. Her answer was that users should be more active. Facebook DEFINITELY has an incentive to want their users to be more engaged. This brings your whole conclusion into question.

  7. i think the problem with the conclusion is that it’s not precise and emphiric – by how much does it make your mood better if you’re active, how much is it in relation to actualy being with friends?
    so the conclusion doesn’t actually say much…

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