Depression In The Modern Age Is More Prevalent Than Ever Before
In this modern age, depression has evolved both in its cause and impact. Depression IS the largest mental illness in the world with the World Health Organization stating that there are currently over 300 million people around the world suffering from depression (1).
The cover photo for this post is very inaccurate as that isn’t the face of someone suffering from depression. Usually, you can’t tell the difference between the face of a depressed person and a happy person. In reality, both the depressed and the happy are both smiling. One is just hiding something deeper from the other.
Depression is more than just being ‘sad’.
Despite what many people, including the ones around you who have no experience in the subject, believe. With depression being especially prevalent and devastating among young adults and teenagers in today’s current climate (2). Yet depression makes you feel like you are alone. Gerhart’s opening sentence in his article ‘Technology Addiction’ he stated that “technology empowers humans to achieve many unthinkable things, [but] it is also seen as the cause of several problems in society” (3). Whether or not you see technology having a positive or negative effect on mental illness it’s impacts are undeniable.
Social Media’s Grip On Society Cyberbullying’s Impact On Mental Health.
How EVERYONE is forced to act with depression has changed, dramatically. “We are no longer safe” (4). While in the past you could perhaps walk away from what is troubling you. Now depression follows you everywhere and is always on your person. The leading cause of depression. Especially among adolescents and young adults is their phones (5).
“Almost half of all teens have been the victims of cyberbullying” (6).
Cyberbullying is very serious and very common as many teens are being attacked and ridiculed in the safety of their home. Resulting in an influx in many teens, from as young as 13/14 (7) all the way to being a young adult, feeling UNSAFE, LONELY and with NEGATIVE THOUGHTS about themselves.
43% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying (8)
17% are willing to admit this to parents or teachers (9)
“Younger teens are more at risk for depression due to their heavy social media use” (10).
These statistics show the power and mass use of contemporary technology and the digital world of social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat are the new modern ways to harass and ridicule peers. This is an example of how the influx of digital technology has had a negative and heavy-handed effect on the world of depression.
- SMS Messaging
- What’s App
These are some of the sites used to bully vulnerable people online on their phones.
Speaking to a number of therapists recently to better understand this issue. To get first hand, professional, experienced opinions on the vast and expanding world of depression. “Cyberbullying is as bad if not worst that psychical bullying,” said one therapist. Therapist Kathy Wolstenholme told me in her interview I had with her that. “Despite the number of healthy and helpful websites out there. There is still a prolific amount of stuff that is not good. And, unless you know what you are looking for. There are websites out there that will suggest that they are support forums. But, actually are people go to these places and they’re getting trolled. People are encouraging them to commit suicide and to do awful things and bringing them down further.”
This reinforces the contention that the digital age IS very destructive to everyone especially those in the world of depression. With technology becoming more than a tool for knowledge, but also a cause of the most prevalent mental illness.
Depression Doesn’t Discriminate Or Care About Your Status Or Situation It Merely Attacks.
“there is an astounding contrast between the depressed person’s image of him- or herself and the objective facts” (11)
Despite your situation, many people with depression see themselves as worse off than they are (12). For example, someone with a lot of money in a happy family will convince themselves that they cannot support their destructive and imperfect family. Due to the dominance and reliance, everyone has on social media in today’s climate these self-destructive thoughts are only increased with sites like Facebook acting as a catalyst for these negative thoughts about yourself and situation. This is all due to how many people fabricate, dramatise and sugarcoat their lives.
Posts about how amazing people’s lives and family are despite the reality of their day to day life (13). Posts like these affect all ages specifically among adults due to the added pressure of their lives and responsibilities. Furthermore, posts from friends and celebrities on social media sites, especially Instagram, may not only reinforce but also cause these negative thoughts. Due to people posting body images, their wealth and possessions stating that their look is effortless manipulate corruptible followers into a false ideology that they live a perfect life. Causing unhealthy body and materialistic comparisons.
It is undeniable that social media and the internet are, in today’s age, the leading cause of depression. Proving that there is heavy-handed and devastating impact the digital world has had on society and depression.
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