May 12, 2020 at 9:51 am #2592Huong NguyenKeymaster
REPORT OF THE PANEL DISCUSSION:
EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON VIETNAMESE YOUTH
Time: 4pm (GMT+7), April 11, 2020
Venue: Skype meeting
Participants: me (Marie) and my friends: Loan, Yen, Trang and Thao
Purpose: Discuss Vietnamese Youth’s behavior on social media (cyberbullying; herd mentality, spreading fake news), negative effects of excessive use of social media and study Kectil’s 15 rules of Social Media Use.
Outcomes: By the end of the panel, youth participants were all aware of problems faced by Vietnamese Youth while active on social media, able to identify methods to use social media wisely and willing to share Kectil’s 15 rules of Social Media Use to others.
Synthesis of the discussion:
1. Read the study of Dr. Primack and colleagues in 2014-2016 at the University of Pittsburgh about the relationship between social media use and depressive symptoms.
According to the study: While every 10% increase in positive experiences gave rise to only 4% increase in the chances of depressive behaviors, each 10 percent increase in negative experiences was associated with a significant 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms.
=>Conclusion: For the sake of our mental well-being, once we are online, we must make sure to mitigate negative experiences with social media channels.
2. We all agreed that excessive use of social media can cause depression, citing these following reasons:
a. Envy and Self-pressure. (Thao and Loan): As a matter of fact, people put their best version of themselves and their life on social media. By following them and spending too much time seeing their posts on New Feeds, you are likely to compare their lives and yours. This leads to some unhealthy feelings like inferiority, peer pressure or even jealousy among youth since they are easily influenced.
b. Cybersickness: (Yen): Since we have our minds daily spoon-fed with a lot of information on FB, Twitter… , our eyes glued to the screen, exposed ourselves excessively to VR environment, sometimes we may feel like eyesore, a headache, even throw up and extreme stress.
c. Loneliness (Trang): Using social media too much take quality time with family and friends away from you, in other words, you are social distancing yourself. This can form a bad habit. Lack of communication and sharing with other people in person results in your distrust of them and unwillingness to share, which in turn, makes you feel outcast and lonely.
3. Discussion on cyberbullying and “herd behavior.”
Have everyone in the group speak from their knowledge about cyberbullying and herb behavior. Define the terms, find examples, identify effects and propose solution to the problems.
4. Negative effects of social media on job performance.
The 4 panelists shared a common perspective on this matter, saying when people spend an inordinate amount of time on social media platforms, they tend to be addicted to them. They may find themselves checking messages or new feeds on Facebook hours after hours and feel anxious if they can’t do that frequently. They are distracted or interrupt their work every time there is a ping on Facebook. This results in low productivity and inability to get the job done.
5. Kectil 15 Rules of Social Media Use. We find these rules useful and promise to act in compliance with the rule. We will further share these codes of behaviors to our friends.
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