Social media has been studied to see if it has any impact on mental health. Numerous studies have shown that excess use of social media can negatively impact your daily life. I am a pretty emotional person and tend to cry in situations of stress. I was curious to see if my social media consumption impacted my emotions. I tracked the amount of times I checked Facebook for 10 days along with the amount of times I cried. I tracked it by keeping a Google Keep file where I wrote down each time either occurred (screenshot from note is the Featured Image). I then graphed the two against each other.
My results showed that the amount of times I cried were sometimes correlated to the amount of times I checked Facebook. But, I remember from my high school statistics class that “correlation does not imply causation” meaning the amount of times I cried may not have been a result of my social media usage. In addition, the first day I checked Facebook significantly more than the others. I think I got embarrassed that I logged in so many times that first day that I tried to limit myself the days following. I also had multiple assignments due that day so, in turn, I was stressed and emotional. I think this information is interesting to see and I will definitely try to limit my social media usage so that it is not as crazy as that first day.