Exploring the Dynamics of Social Networks and Mental Health: New Directions for Research

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

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Dear Colleagues,

Social networks have significantly changed the way people interact with each other, but also how they consume information and develop their entertainment. Although social networks can have some benefits, they can also have negative effects on people's mental health.

Social networks have the potential to be a useful tool for improving people's emotional wellbeing, but also for education, inspiration, and social connection. In fact, many mental health organizations and professionals use social networks to disseminate information, share resources, and offer emotional support, not to mention promoting mental health awareness.

In addition, social networks can also provide a space for creative expression and self-expression, which can be beneficial for mental health. Not to mention that they allow sharing experiences and connecting with people who are going through similar situations, finding communities of support.

However, it cannot be forgotten that there is another facet of social networks, and that is that excessive use of social networks can lead to addiction and dependence on them. In addition, social networks can increase anxiety and stress, especially when they are used to compare our life with that of others. It has also been shown that social networks can contribute to decreased self-esteem and self-image, especially in adolescents and young adults.

In summary, social networks can have both positive and negative effects on the mental health of the world's population. For this, and when they are used for information dissemination, it is important that people have access to accurate and quality information and that they know how to use social networks in a healthy and responsible way.

This is the main interest of the present Special Issue, in which all those studies focused on the potential uses of social networks to generate training activities, offer resources, or become support communities focused on mental health are of interest, but without also forgetting those studies that focus on the negative or detrimental effects of the use of social networks in the population.

Dr. Iván Herrera-Peco
Dr. Carlos Ruiz-Nuñez
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The Role of Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Care
by Ivan Herrera-Peco, Invención Fernández-Quijano and Carlos Ruiz-Núñez
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(6), 1026-1028; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe13060078 - 10 Jun 2023
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One of the major lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic was the importance of caring for the mental health of populations [...] Full article
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