More time on social media does NOT harm our mental health, except if we do this one thing…A new study warns social media sites are only damaging if we use them to post 'vague attention-seeking statuses'. This seems to be especially true with young people. In general ‘vaguebooking’ -defined as intentionally vague post used to evoke responses on social media and were linked to suicidal thoughts. They found using social media this way functions as a cry for help, while seeking brief confidence boosts from social media.
Get help for a suicidal teen
If you suspect that a teenager is suicidal, take immediate action! For 24-hour suicide prevention and support in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
To find a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit IASP or Suicide.org.
To learn more about suicide risk factors, warning signs, and what to do in a crisis, read Suicide Prevention.