Social Media Impact Study

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Research, collation and presentation by
Tim

This afternoon, and evening, I have spent some time examining a particular thought.
It occurred to me earlier and, in essence, the thought was, “I wonder what sort of result I’d get if I posed a search question about the benefits vs. the drawbacks of Social Media to a search engine.”

I set my search engine to Strictly careful to eliminate any b.s. or possibly dangerous return. I set it to only return ‘most relevant’ to the search terms and I listed the most valid results, compared to total results of a series of searches.

The search terms used were;

 

Search term: Social media damage

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results., Scope: All regions, Date: 2/9/2018

Search term: Social media benefits

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results. Scope: All regions Date: 2/9/2018

Finally, probably the single most evocative search and certainly one of the most worrisome sets of statistics…

Search term: Suicide over Facebook

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results. Scope: All regions Date: 2/9/2018 (Note please: This search also brought up results referencing other social media platforms besides Facebook.)

 

NB: The results lists shown here are NOT totally comprehensive, please see the footnotes at the end of the lists.
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Search term: Suicide over Facebook

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results.

Scope: All regions

Date: 2/9/2018

Search Engine: Duck Duck Go

 

“Facebook took 2 weeks to remove video of 12-year-old girl that livestreamed her suicide.”

https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/01/16/facebook-deletes-suicide-livestream-girl/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2513782/Facebook-bullies-led-suicide-student-19-hanged-himself.html

http://www.firstpost.com/india/girl-commits-suicide-over-obscene-comments-on-facebook-419644.html

http://www.therakyatpost.com/world/2014/06/27/girl-commits-suicide-facebook-harassment/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/15/florida-bullying-arrest-lakeland-suicide/2986079/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Megan_Meier

http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/01/phoebe_prince_15_commits_suici.php

http://abcnews.go.com/US/parents-alleged-rebecca-sedwick-cyberbully-blame-facebook-hack/story?id=20583537

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-ninth-teenager-since-last-september-has-committed-suicide?utm_term=.jwBz9NJG8#.odKwOndPK

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Amanda_Todd

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2158883/Facebook-bullying-Family-Micaela-Strothers-committed-suicide-make-discovery.html

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-man-commits-suicide-over-facebook-post/

https://www.ndtv.com/kolkata-news/teen-allegedly-commits-suicide-over-obscene-photos-on-facebook-1457626

https://www.causes.com/causes/580526-heroes-rising/updates/616046-15-year-old-girl-commits-suicide-after-nude-photos-posted-on-facebook

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/us/felony-charges-for-2-girls-in-suicide-of-bullied-12-year-old-rebecca-sedwick.html

http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=25660

https://nobullying.com/bullying-suicide-statistics/

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/facebook-challenge-after-girls-suicide-over-insults-20130527-2n804.html

https://nobullying.com/stories-of-7-teen-suicides-because-of-ask-fm-bullying/

http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/07-10-12-scourge.html

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/woman-commits-suicide-over-morphed-picture-on-facebook/17381156

http://abcnews.go.com/US/bullied-teen-commits-suicide-posting-loves-haterz/story?id=15887174

http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/11/16/mom-myspace-hoax-led-to-daughter-suicide.html

https://medium.com/paradise-island/15-year-old-girl-commits-suicide-because-of-her-facebook-photos-e19d00cceb99

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/01/texas-teen-commits-suicide-in-front-family-over-bullying-report-says.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/29/dharun-revi-molly-wei-charged_n_743539.html

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/northern-ireland-schoolboy-ronan-hughes-committed-suicide-after-online-trick-1505097

http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/23/college-student-alyssa-funke-19-commits-suicide-over-facebook-and-twitter-taunts-after-appearing-in-porn-film-4737631/

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/10/family-teen-15-committed-suicide-over-nude-images-leaked-snapchat

https://www.yahoo.com/news/12-year-olds-suicide-sparks-social-media-outrage-104784359417.html

https://www.dailydot.com/news/teen-skye-suicide-blackmail-scotland/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media_and_suicide

 

 

Search term: Social media damage

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results.

Scope: All regions

Date: 2/9/2018

Search Engine: Duck Duck Go

 

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/08/girl-committed-suicide-before-a-cam-facebook/

 

https://www.haystack.tv/v/facebook-basically-social-media-damage-democracy

 

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/negative-effect-social-media-society-individuals-27617.html

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/05/21/ways-social-media-can-ruin-your-life/St8vHIdqCLk7eRsvME3k5K/story.html

 

http://www.dmlp.org/blog/2012/how-should-we-measure-damages-defamation-over-social-media

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34044506

 

http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/the-risks-of-social-media-self-inflicted-reputation-damage/

 

https://www.itscheating.com/media-infidelity/social-media-addictions-damage-real-life-personal-relationships/

 

https://www.babble.com/mom/does-social-media-damage-your-relationships/

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/12/health/social-media-brain/

 

https://rightsinfo.org/can-social-media-damage-right-fair-trial/

 

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/child-brain-development-and-social-media/

 

https://www.workspace.co.uk/community/homework/marketing/analysis-how-social-media-can-damage-brands

 

https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-on-your-mind-what-social-media-does-to-your-brain/

 

https://www.teenink.com/nonfiction/academic/article/981801/Damage-of-Social-Media/

 

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/social-media-damage-it-causes

 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/4-ways-social-media-can-ruin-your-reputation

 

https://www.worfolkanxiety.com/blog/social-media-and-mental-health

 

http://time.com/4459153/social-media-body-image/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/16/social-media-mental-health-teenagers-government-pshe-lessons

 

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/social-media-can-destroy/

 

http://blogs.rochester.edu/feelinggood1/2016/10/20/the-damage-social-media-does-on-empathy/

 

https://mashable.com/2012/01/13/internet-overuse-could-cause-structural-brain-damage-study/#7dhXPqsxgSqj

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138791/Texting-tweeting-social-networking-damaging-childrens-ability-communicate-says-Pratchett.html

 

https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/06/22/social-media-can-damage-corporate-image/27146.html

 

https://www.injuryclaimnyclaw.com/blog/social-media-can-damage-injury-case/

 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275361.php

 

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/13294924/larry-nance-jr-jj-watt-bret-bielema-illustrate-importance-social-media-how-athletes-portray

 

http://www.sitepronews.com/2013/07/11/is-social-media-damaging-interpersonal-communication/

 

https://www.webpronews.com/social-media-multitasking-attention-span/

 

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/social-media-causes-grave-damage-and-must-be-regulated-1.2012084

 

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12973663

https://www.bustle.com/articles/137275-7-ways-social-media-can-affect-your-self-esteem

 

https://www.npr.org/2016/08/09/489284038/researchers-study-effects-of-social-media-on-young-minds

 

http://nperov.com/health/social-networking-bad-mental-health/

 

https://globalnews.ca/tag/social-media-damage/

 

http://www.emergencyplanningsolutions.com/united-breaks-guitars-how-social-media-does-damage

 

https://www.gddlaw.com/2016/01/22/how-social-media-can-weaken-your-defense-in-a-criminal-case/

 

Search term: Social media benefits

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results.

Scope: All regions

Date: 2/9/2018

Search Engine: Duck Duck Go

 

 

http://www.lifehack.org/483829/9-positive-benefits-of-a-social-media-detox

 

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/reasons-to-fast-from-social-media

 

https://lifehacker.com/5918784/how-30-days-without-social-media-changed-my-life

 

https://www.self.com/story/does-going-on-a-social-media-cleanse-actually-do-anything-for-your-mental-health

 

https://www.elitedaily.com/life/life-without-social-media/1182279

Links selected represent approximately 27% of the available search results. Removing common treatment of the same subject, removing commonality in reporting same cases or stories and reducing duplication of items and articles was employed during the preparation of these lists. One interesting observation that was made during the preparation of these lists is that the “Against” Social Media searches revealed the most prevalent area of address was “the individual” and “individual wellbeing”.

 

Search term: Social media benefits

Search settings: Strict safety/ most relevant results.

Date: 2/9/2018

Search Engine: Duck Duck Go

 

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/look-up-exaggerates-damages-of-social-media/

 

http://www.everydayresearchmethods.com/2016/07/this-is-how-social-media-affects-your-brain.html

 

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20160314-social-media-used-to-assess-damage-caused-by-natural-disasters

 

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/social-media-and-healthcare-navigating-new-communications-landscape

 

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2014/08/11/the-top-10-benefits-of-social-mediamarketing/&refURL=https://duckduckgo.com/&referrer=https://duckduckgo.com/

 

https://www.lyfemarketing.com/roi-benefits-social-media-marketing/

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/28/social-networking-benefits-validated/

 

https://www.academiaapps.com/advantages-social-media-education/

 

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/study-suggests-social-media-has-place-in-classrooms.shtml

 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/february/3-ways-social-media-benefits-church-leaders.html

 

https://workology.com/5-benefits-of-social-networks-at-work/

 

https://blog.hootsuite.com/types-of-social-media/

 

https://www.inc.com/jeff-pochepan/benefits-to-showing-off-your-workplace-on-social-media.html

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/6-benefits-social-media-healthcare-andreas-marouchos

 

https://itstillworks.com/benefits-internet-social-networking-1216.html

 

https://www.ukessays.com/essays/communications/social-networking.php

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080620133907.htm

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/10/07/social-media-bad-minds-young-people-right-maybe-not/738820001/

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/news/press-releases/teens-on-social-media-many-benefits-to-digital-life-but-downsides-too

 

https://www.omacomp.com/benefits-of-social-media-for-the-individual/

 

https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/benefits-of-internet-and-social-media

 

https://blog.hrcloud.com/the-benefits-of-social-media-networking-at-work/

 

https://womhealth.org.au/healthy-lifestyle/health-benefits-social-media

 

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/9-Ways-Social-Media-Benefits-Police.html

http://academiadeescrita.com/benefits-from-social-media-and-networking-sample-essay/

 

https://www.aliconferences.com/social-media-for-government-communications/

 

https://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/living/social-media-positives-teens-parents/index.html

 

https://elearning.scranton.edu/resource/business-leadership/top-5-ways-social-media-is-used-by-healthcare-professionals

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/dec/12/study-finds-social-media-skype-facebook-use-beneficial-overall-health-elderly

 

http://www.thefalcononline.com/2014/05/social-media-benefits-relationships/

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/social-networking

 

https://elearningindustry.com/use-social-media-online-training-benefits-drawbacks

 

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/800

 

https://wiredimpact.com/blog/social-media-ambassador-benefits/

 

https://www.policeone.com/social-media-for-cops/articles/6250205-4-ways-social-media-can-help-police-departments/

 

https://www.ncsbn.org/Social_Media.pdf

 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/05/teens-social-networking-good-for-them

 

http://bintroo.com/the-benefits-of-social-media-for-young-people-in-care/

 

https://nobullying.com/the-benefits-of-the-internet-social-media/

 

These lists represent approximately 27% of the total available search results. The removal of commonly reported stories or items, the removal of common themed and addressed subjects and the removal of duplications of material nature was employed. An interesting note is that the three most common themes treated in the search for benefits of social media were “business”, “education” and “health-care”.