Devoir de Philosophie

Exposé medias et santé mentale chez les jeunes

Publié le 28/03/2024

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« Introduction: Today, I am going to address a topic that is particularly close to my heart and on which I feel an urgent need to raise awareness.

Unlike my peers, I won't be presenting a specific topic with a fancy PowerPoint to explain it to you; instead, I'll be freely discussing a subject that deeply concerns me.

You've probably already guessed from this image, which speaks volumes on its own: I will be talking about the impact of social media on our mental health. Development: Firstly, let's remember the original purpose of social networks.

In their early days, social media platforms were designed as a means to strengthen social bonds, boost self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging.

Since the early 2000s, they have opened up new avenues for social interaction, expanding our communication possibilities.

Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, is a prime example.

This general concept of social media touts numerous advantages, including freedom of expression, knowledge sharing, and mutual inspiration. I fully acknowledge the undeniable benefits of social media, but it's undeniable that they have also created new challenges for our mental well-being.

That's precisely why I want to discuss this topic today.

In my view, the misguided use of social media, especially on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, seriously harms our mental health.

This is why I strongly support a complete ban on these platforms for minors.

Why this aversion to social media, you may ask? The answer lies primarily in the promotion of the cult of the perfect body, widely spread on these platforms.

Constant exposure to retouched images and "perfect" physiques achieved through filters, plastic surgery, and similar methods can create unrealistic expectations in many young people. As a result, many teenagers and young adults can develop complexes by comparing their appearance to that of the people they see on these platforms. This pressure can lead to considerable stress, anxiety, and frustration, and in the most severe cases, it can lead to a deterioration of self-esteem, isolation, and even suicide.

To give you an idea, according to a report from the University of Utah called "The Impact of Social Media on the Mental Health of Adolescents," the number of suicides among young women aged 15 to 24 has increased by 87% over the past 20 years.

Among young men in the same age group, the number of suicides has increased by 30% over the same period.

A significant part of this increase is attributed to social media.

In fact, among teenagers who reported suicidal thoughts, 6% mentioned Instagram alone as a source. A poignant example to illustrate my point involves two personal friends. Unfortunately, one of them spiraled into self-destructive behavior by developing an eating.... »


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