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Mindful scroll: A podcast exploring social media and its effects on teen mental health

Project by Polygence alum Nithila

Mindful scroll: A podcast exploring social media and its effects on teen mental health

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 49% of adolescents have experienced a mental health condition in their lifetime. That's almost half the population; chances are you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health condition right now. This podcast, titled “Mindful Scroll,” explores social media and its effects on teen mental health. The podcast first reviews the science behind the negative effects of social media for adolescents, examining how social media can lead to social comparisons, peer pressure, and false validation. There are also silver linings, such as the ability to boost self-esteem, discover oneself, and form communities. Guest speaker and child psychiatrist, Dr. Janani, shares her expertise on using social media in healthy ways. From this insight, we conclude that social media can be a positive addition to one’s life if used in moderation and mindfully.



Polygence mentor

MA Master of Arts candidate


Psychology, Neuroscience, Social Science


psychology (developmental, gender and sexuality, applied psychology), cognitive science, LGBTQ, activism, education and schools, mental health




Hello! My name is Nithila and I'm a senior in high school. Some of my hobbies include dancing, singing, and playing with my dog:) Academically, I am interested in Psychology and Kinesiology. I hope you all enjoy my podcast about social media and its impact on teen mental health!

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“My mentor was really supportive and there to answer any questions I had.”