This is a blog where I want to share my insights with everything I have learned over the past few months and which has helped me expand my professional view. Hereby I share my vision and my opinion on the topic of social media, youth, and mental health. But I also want young people to start sharing. Share how they feel and what they are experiencing in terms of mental health complaints. Share the different pressures they are feeling. Share what kind of impact the pandemic is having on them. Share it all, with each other.
My parents always taught me to keep myself up to date with what is happening in the world. I value this greatly because I think it helps me to also create my own perspective on important matters. So, to gather food-for-perspective-thought, I check my NOS app to check up on the daily news. Last week, I did the same. I came across an article that stated that the Documentary of Michael Moore: Planet of the Humans, got deleted from YouTube since it violated author rights (NOS, 2020). Planet of the Humans… Sound familiar? [...]
So many young people are experiencing so much pressure right now, that it gives them many mental health complaints. The pressure in your head where you think everything should be perfect, that you should be perfect. The pressure becomes too much for young people, which quickly causes depression and burnouts. I still believe that social media has to do with this pressure being felt even more. Purely because it gives us a lot of information that we simply wouldn't know without the online platforms.
Now that the virus has been among us for a while and we are slowly starting to accept the new lifestyle, it is interesting to look at what exactly has happened and how we as a society are tackling this. The pyramid of Maslow is used to gain insight into this big happening.
One foot in the door and a step closer to make a transformation in this world. In the professional world you keep expanding your view and entering this company has given me many new insights. The interest of behavior, especially among young people, is even greater than I thought.
Have you ever wondered why you don't have to pay for apps like Facebook? How the founder of Facebook is so rich that he can even buy other platforms like Whatsapp, while you are using the app for free? Facebook is free, because you are the product. Your data is the income of Facebook. Your data is sold to advertising agencies to use. To tailor their advertisements to all your interests. Suddenly the idea of free apps is not so nice anymore, is it?