“Social media stress” is not something new. That it (read social media) is vastly responsible for inducing stress at various levels is not unknown these days. We have already read about how millennials are driven berserk in their bid to establish at least semblance of a happening life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The unusual race for happiness- for years now- has been aptly viewed more as peer pressure than an unadulterated “fixation-free” pursuit. We understand that millennials actually end up spending more so that their friends on Facebook know that they are more than content with their lives. And, this practice has engendered stress beyond measure as well.
Another major recently-conducted study tells us that children today are more stressed about their examinations because of Facebook. Read on to unravel what exactly we mean.
Does Facebook really increase stress levels among students? What does the survey have to say?
It has been said that children are stressed about their examinations because they are concerned about the job market – and that’s because they’re too much into social media. It has been opined that children who do not read newspapers or watch television read about the economic woes in articles shared on Facebook. The NSPCC has in fact witnessed an 11 percent rise in the counselling sessions availed by children experiencing examination stress in the past two years.
Those who aren’t really aware, let us tell you that NSPCC is a charity and of late its helpline number has actually been flooded with calls from students who are stressed either about their GCSE or SAT. Let us tell you that this number (of children who called up the helpline number) has actually crossed a thousand. In fact, the number of calls coincidentally went up last year in May only during when the students were supposed to take their SAT tests. Around half of the 3,135 counselling sessions were about examination stress – with children aged between 12 to 15 year old. Around 237 children were aged 11 or below.
What were the findings of the survey? Details revealed
However, children aged 16-18, it seems, experienced major stress since they were about to take their A-levels in order to get into the university. The number of counselling sessions for this particular group increased by 21 per cent when it came to this particular age group.
The charity actually maintained that the children in their early teens showed concerns that are generally picked up by university students. Very surprisingly they were the ones more likely to compare themselves with the ones that were posting on social media about job searches as well exam results.
Is Social Media Potentially Harmful for students?
Then there always are updates about how students are prepping themselves for examinations. The pressure to keep up with the extent of revision done by friends or how they are performing in examinations has kept students on their toes. The pressure somehow has gone on to take up an insurmountable shape thereby paving the way for mental health issues among children.