The Joys & Ills of Social Media: A Review

21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2020 Last revised: 9 Feb 2020

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Aron D'Souza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 11, 2020


Social media has revolutionized human life in both constructive and destructive ways, and the aim of this paper is to assess the multidisciplinary literature and proffer a critical appraisal of the merits/demerits of social media consumption in contemporary life. It begins by highlighting the merits, especially in terms of neuropsychological and social-psychological lenses. It then examines sociological, behavioral, and data-science literature regarding specific social media giants: Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, to indicate the basis of the detriment they cause both separately and as a cohort of economic giants. This offers the basis for addressing the wider consequences of social media proliferation and addiction in society.

Keywords: social media, facebook, instagram, snapchat, media, depression, FOMO, anxiety

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W. and D'Souza, Aron, The Joys & Ills of Social Media: A Review (January 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA) ( email )

Montreal, Quebec

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )


Aron D'Souza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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