CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the name of the journal that released a 2017 study analyzing the connection between social media and mental health in adults. It is the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The article has been updated to reflect the change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Technological advances have made life easier, to be sure. But the rise of social media has also fed a rapidly growing mental health problem.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine released a study in 2017 that analyzed the connection between social media and mental health in young adults. The most alarming statistic found was that those who view social media platforms at least 58 times per week were three times more likely to feel socially isolated compared to those who use social media nine times per week or fewer.
In a world dominated by social media, apps that are designed to make people feel more connected might cause more harm than good. And it seems that media and fan scrutiny on these networking platforms also causes problems in sports for student-athletes.
Tom Izzo, head coach of Michigan State's men's basketball team, took time out of his press conference following a loss to Penn State on Feb. 4 to call out individuals that were “abusing” some of his players on social media.
"If there's any Michigan State people out there that are abusing some of my players on that freakin' Twitter, I'm sick of it," Izzo said. “... If they are Michigan State fans, I’m more than happy to buy their tickets, and I mean that."
The head coach later took it a step forward and added, “I get paid a lot of money, so take your shots at me.”
Ahead of North Carolina's rivalry game against Duke on Feb. 8, the hosts of ESPN College GameDay took a moment during its broadcast from Chapel Hill to discuss Izzo’s remarks and the toxicity of social media in front of hundreds of college students.