Social Media


Today we are going to be talking about social media. This is a topic that you have probably talked about before. 


I'm sure that many of you are aware of the ways that social media and our phones can be unhealthy. Maybe you have experienced the negative effects


It is not always an easy task to just quit social media completely or stop using our phones So, what can we do?



Watch McKenzie's video about her experience with social media 


Read through the statics about phone addiction and mental health. 

Watch the video about the study seeking to uncover clues on how people live happier healthier lives. 


Use the worksheet you downloaded yesterday to write a response on the portion of the docuseries you watched. 


If you came up with a question or comment from today's lessons, go to the comment tab or click the link below.  

Watch & Read



01 Listen

McKenzie's Intro 

Now that you have watched this video open the worksheet that best fits your schedule. Answer the first few questions before moving on to the next section. 


02 Read & Watch

What's the problem?

It is important to be aware of a problem. Here are a few statistics about social media and our phones:

One study found that, between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression among kids ages 14 to 17 increased by more than 60%. [Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2019]


Teens use entertainment screen media for an average of nearly 7.5 hours a day – not including the time they spend using screens for school or homework. [Common Sense Media, 2019]

50% of teens report feeling “addicted” to their phones – as do 27% of parents. [Common Sense Media, May 2016]

A 5,000 person study found that higher social media use correlated with self-reported declines in mental and physical health and life satisfaction.

-American Journal of Epidemiology, 2017

It looks like the two main problems we have is that we are becoming more and more attached to our phones and also that there is a correlation between social media and increased depression. The simple solution to fixing this problem would be to quit social media and get off our phones, but of course it isn't that simple. 

Of course if we can limit our time this is a great idea

Is there a solution?

In 1938 scientists started and longitudinal study where they began tracking the health of 268 people. They wanted to do a study that would reveal clues on how people could live happier and healthier lives. 

Check out an article on the study here

We give a lot of attention to our phones for different reasons. Maybe its to gain followers, popularity, for some they hope to make money. However, do these things keep us from creating good relationships with real life people is it worth it? 

10 helpful tips for spending less time on your phone

-Buy a real alarm clock

when you use you phone as an alarm clock your gut instinct when you wake is to get on your phone.

-Keep your phone out of you bed in general

it is easy spend so much time in your bed on your phone

-Give your phone a bedtime

What time do you want to go to bed? A hour before that time turn off you phone a put it to bed. This will keep you from staying up late on videos. 

-turn your phone to grayscale. 

turning your phone to greyscale will make it less tempting for you brain to want to look at it. of course you'll have to turn it back on to play among us. 

-turn your phone to airplanemode

03 Respond

What did you learn?

Answer the lesson questions in your Google Docs worksheet. Be sure you followed the instructions and that the document is shared with your teacher!

If you missed it, here's the link again:

04 Ask

Do you have questions? Comments?