Age of Anxiety: Social Media and Mental Health

Those of us who work with adolescents and young adults are working with the most anxious generation of young people in recent history. Educators and researchers alike believe that social media is a contributing factor to the anxiety epidemic. What exactly does social science research tell us about the link between social media and anxiety? What can we, as educators, do to help our students navigate a social landscape which is simultaneously constantly connected and increasingly isolated? In this workshop, we will discuss several ways in which social media contributes to mental health in general and anxiety specifically. We will also explore how this body of knowledge can be deployed to help our students live happier, calmer lives.